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A Kabuki Reader History and Performance

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In A Kabuki Reader, Samuel L. Leiter, Professor of Theatre at CUNY, scholar of Japanese theatre, and editor of the Asian Theatre Journal, draws together twenty essays on the kabuki theatre with, as he claims, “no particular agenda to address other than to bring together some of the best English-language writing focusing on this outstanding art form”(p. xx). This rich collection of essays achieves a sophisticated deepening of kabuki scholarship and makes accessible to students of the genre passionately informed, non-encyclopedic reflections on the topics of kabuki history, performance, and scholarship. Critical considerations and historical investigations of established Western kabuki scholars stand side by side with those of English-language Japanese scholars, and of relative newcomers to the field of kabuki studies