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Visioning Eternity: Aesthetics, Politics, and History in the Early Modern Noh Theater

138 Visioning Eternity
Thomas D. LOOSER
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This is the first Western language book on Edo period noh and its use by the shogun, an essential addition to the scholarship in Japanese theater and the cultural history of early modern Japan. In one of the more remarkable public events of the Tokugawa world, the shogun responded to a deepening crisis in 1840s by sponsoring a huge, once-in-a-generation noh performance - the largest performance ever held. | 336 pages


  • Introduction
  1. Locating Tokugawa Power
  2. The Value of the Stage
  3. Longing for the Death of Time: The Poetics of Tokugawa Noh
  4. Times and Visions of the Instant
  5. In the Event: The Koka Kanjin Noh Performance of 1848
  • References
  • Index

  • Thomas D. Looser is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at New York University.

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