Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Article Note: On Modern Japanese Drama in English, a Bibliography

Citation for the article:

Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. "Modern Japanese Drama in English." Asian Theatre Journal 23.1 (Spring 2006): 179-205.

Read the article via Project Muse.

Since one of my subject areas as the Arts and Humanities Librarian at my workplace is drama, I wanted to make a note of this article, mostly that it is available. After a brief historical overview of modern Japanese theater and its translatations, the author provides a pretty extensive bibliography of works. The bibliography includes:
  • a list of plays listed by playwright in alphabetical order.
  • a list of plays in anthologies.
  • a list of plays in single volumes.
  • an appendix that features fusion works.
  • a second appendix listing general and major works of criticism and historical scholarship in English on the subject.
According to the author, "this taxonomy is intended for both classroom and research use, as an aid to finding texts to use in the classroom and to help researchers of Asian theatre locate texts and plays" (183-184). While we have a miniscule drama program here (a minor), this may be the type of topic one may expect to find in the special topics classes (they currently list one such offering, a higher level special topics). At any rate, I also have a small interest in drama from my previous life, so I wanted to make a note of this, just in case.

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