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Kabuki Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach Kabuki.

  • 1 Student Essay
  • 12 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more

Study Pack

The Kabuki Study Pack contains about 357 pages of study material in 13 products, including:

Essays & Analysis (13)

8,552 words, approx. 29 pages
In the following excerpt, Arnott argues that the structure of Kabuki is distinctly different from that of modern Western drama, as it presents a succession of individual moments in response to the Bud... Read more
8,677 words, approx. 29 pages
In the following excerpt, Shively argues that the close connection between Kabuki and the quarter of town that was the center of prostitution illustrates how the theatre was a product of the social en... Read more
5,502 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Takakuwa considers the problem of marginality and status of “other” of the Kabuki female impersonator in the closed society of early modern Japan. The economy of ... Read more
7,644 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Leiter surveys the role of women in Kabuki theater and argues that despite the persistence of patriarchal attitudes, Kabuki was surprisingly fair to and respectful of women, pr... Read more
11,775 words, approx. 40 pages
In the following excerpt, Ortolani provides a critical overview of Kabuki's historical and socio-political development, its use of supernatural elements, and its major figures and works, includ... Read more
11,658 words, approx. 39 pages
In the following excerpt, Scott explains that in the early years of Kabuki's development, the play and playwright did not assume as central role as they have always done in Western theater ... Read more
7,021 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Gerstle argues that the Kabuki theater that developed in Edo in the eighteenth century is strikingly different from that seen in Kyoto or Osaka during the same period, and main... Read more
5,482 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Kominz maintains that the impulse toward Kabuki drama began as early as the 1400s, and that Kabuki elements such as the role types aragoto (violent superhero) and wagoto (sensi... Read more
5,747 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, Leiter discusses the different styles used in the collection of plays known as Juhachiban, or “Kabuki Eighteen,” and describes some of the most popular plays from... Read more
15,243 words, approx. 51 pages
In the following excerpt, Brandon examines how the joruri play Chūushingura was stolen by Kabuki actors, which seems difficult to understand considering that the two forms were originally so di... Read more
7,075 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following excerpt, Kominz discusses the modification of the story Soga Monogatarai to provide the essential premises for the Kabuki play Ya no Ne, and points out that the most important differe... Read more
12,028 words, approx. 41 pages
In the following essay, Shively examines the relationship between the conservative Confucian government, or bakufu, and the popular Kabuki theatre during the Tokugawa period (1603 to 1850), and conclu... Read more
646 words, approx. 3 pages
As we know, Japanese culture is ancient, rich and assorted. It is considered a millennium culture, with lots of traditions and beliefs that make it very attractive. These traditions and beliefs are ex... Read more
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