Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), often referred to as "Japan's
Shakespeare" and a "god of writers," was arguably the most famous
playwright in Japanese history and wrote more than 100 plays for
the kabuki and bunraku theaters. Today, the plays of this major
literary figure are performed on kabuki and bunraku stages as well
as in the modern theater, and forty-nine films of his plays have
been made, thirty-one of them from the silent era.
Translations of Chikamatsu's plays are available, but we have
few examples of his late work, in which he increasingly
incorporated stylistic elements of his shorter, contemporary dramas
into his longer period pieces. Translator C. Andrew Gerstle argues
that in these mature history plays, Chikamatsu depicted the tension
between the private and public spheres of society by combining the
rich character development of his contemporary pieces with the
larger political themes of his period pieces.
In this volume Gerstle translates five plays -- four histories
and one contemporary piece -- never before available in English
that complement other collections of Chikamatsu's work, revealing
new dimensions to the work of this great Japanese playwright and
Subjects: Language & Literature, History
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