IMAP Department of Philosophy

(Credit 2)
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Topics in Text and Material Culture I
Topics in Text and Material Culture I
Sub Title  Theater and Performance in Japan
Assistant Professor Ashton LAZARUS
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2019 FallTerm
weekly Wed2
Ito B-105 Classroom
E科目 (English, English)
Course Overview This course acquaints students with the major forms of theater and performance in Japan, from earliest times to the twentieth century, including noh, kabuki, bunraku, folk performance, modern realist theater, and post-war dance. Though we will proceed more or less chronologically in order to better appreciate the accretionary dynamics so central to the history of theater, we will also attend to the various kinds of continuity and rupture revealed by looking to the future or delving into the past. The syllabus is made up of several kinds of text: plays, accounts, theater history scholarship, and theory. We will furthermore make use of recordings of performances to study those modalities that are difficult to access through text, including movement, gesture, and sound. By the end of the semester, students will have a grasp of the multisensory richness of theater and performance as it developed over time and interacted with shifting religious, social, and political currents.
Keywords : Theater, performance, Japan
Prerequisites : None
Required Ability : None
Course Plan Textbooks : Course materials will be distributed by instructor.
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1 Introduction
2 Early Theater and Performance
3 Forerunners of Noh
4 Noh Theater: Old Plays
5 Noh Theater: Ghosts and Violence in Zeami’s Plays
6 No class
7 Noh Theater After Zeami
8 Noh’s Afterlives
9 Kyōgen
10 Bunraku
11 Kabuki: Introduction and Contexts
12 Kabuki: Excess and Intensity
13 Shimpa and Shingeki
14 The Heyday of Shingeki
15 Butoh

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かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
MP_A-b [芸術作品の理解]
Analyzing performances visually, aurally, and kinetically
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
MP_B1-a [一次資料の読解]
Reading plays and other theater-related texts in translation
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
MP_A-a [先行研究の理解]
Understanding how to build on pre-existing scholarship
Excellent Good Pass Deficient
GPA Evaluation
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
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