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Wondrous Brutal Fictions
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Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater

Abstract

This book presents eight seminal works from the seventeenth-century Japanese sekkyō and ko-jōruri puppet theaters, many translated into English for the first time. Both poignant and disturbing, they range from stories of cruelty and brutality to tales of love, charity, and outstanding filial devotion, representing the best of early Edo-period literary and performance traditions and acting as important precursors to the Bunraku and Kabuki styles of theater. As works of Buddhist fiction, these texts relate the histories and miracles of particular buddhas, bodhisattvas, and local deities. Many of ... More

Keywords: sekkyō, ko-jōruri, Japan, puppet theater, performance traditions, literary traditions, Buddhist fiction, Edo period, woodblock illustrations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231146586
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231146586.001.0001
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