Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre [2 volumes]

Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre [2 volumes]

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From puppets to living players and musical speech to colloquial prose, Asian theatre is a rich world of contrasting expressions. While it has thrived for centuries and embodies the folk traditions of the Asian people, it also reflects contemporary concerns and innovative theatrical practices. At a time when Asia is of tremendous importance to the West, its theatre is a key to understanding its culture as well as the heritage of Asian Americans. This book is a detailed and authoritative survey of traditional and contemporary Asian theatre.

The Encyclopedia includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 90 expert contributors.

Entries on the most important topics cite works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with an extensive bibliography. Social studies students will appreciate its glimpses of Asian culture, while literature and drama students will value its exploration of the Asian theatrical tradition.

Includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 90 expert contributors

Covers individuals, genres and forms, regional theatres, and special topics

Cites numerous works for further reading

Includes extensive cross-references
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1024 pages
  • 184.91 x 258.57 x 71.12mm | 2,372.29g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 031333529X
  • 9780313335297

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Alphabetical List of Entries Topical Guide to Entries The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre General Bibliography Index List of Contributors
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"This sweeping, comprehensive guide to both traditional and contemporary Asian theater is an excellent resource, broadly expanding on any other previous reference work on the subject. Indeed, no such definitive and in-depth resource has been published on Asian theater....[t]wo volumes of detailed, meticulous entries on everything from the experimental theater of India to famous kabuki actors, arranged alphabetically for easy access and use. The entries are written by an impressive list of expert authors. Editor Leiter, a renowned researcher in the field and former editor of Asian Theatre Journal, is the author of nearly two dozen books, primarily on Asian theater. The set features an extensive bibliography. Further Reading citations accompany most important topics, and a Topical Guide to Entries is especially useful. Illustrations are scattered throughout both volumes. This reference work will obviously prove of great value to students of the performing arts, but also to those studying the history, literature, and culture of Eastern civilization. Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." - Choice "[T]he brilliantly conceived Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, edited by Samuel L. Leiter....comprehensively covers both traditional and modern theatre from South, South-East, and Far East Asia.....[i]ts organization is so intuitively logical and user friendly that it should become a model for all future reference works....Beyond the alphabetical listings of countries, artists, or genres, there are long entries (called headwords) that cover major areas of interest....Although one can use the book like a dictionary, it is not necessary to know in advance the name of a specific artist or genre or even what country they are from. Rather, you may begin with large ideas and find cross-references to more specific ones....Many articles include references for further reading, as well as photographs. The use of headwords fosters comparative and cross-cultural thinking fruitful browsing, and unimagined discoveries....No library should be without this extraordinary resource." - Text & Presentation "The most comprehensive resource on Asian theater ever published." - American Libraries "[T]he Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre is not only a welcome addition to the literature in the field but is also timely....This set is recommended for Asian studies and theater studies programs." - American Reference Books Annual "This is a work of considerable scholarship and covers a rich selection of people, genres, and knowledge from the exotic world of Asian theatre, much of it little known outside their local regions. It will be of great value to libraries covering the performing arts and Asian studies." - Reference Reviews "Covering both modern and traditional theater in South, Southeast, and Far East Asia, this alphabetically arranged encyclopedia offers a wealth of detailed information on a relatively underdocumented topic...Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre is a good addition for university collections where there is a focus on Asian history or theater." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin "In this encyclopedia for both the theater novice and the international expert, Leiter and his extensive posse of highly qualified theater professionals provide quickly digestible capsules arranged in easy-to-find alphabetical entries." - The Bloomsbury Review In two volumes, this encyclopedia provides information relating to Asian theater, presented alphabetically and including ancient traditions for each country as well as contemporary and avant-garde ones. Leiter focuses on theater work rather than dance. Subjects consist of countries and regions (from Bangladesh to Vietnam), biographies of figures (the bulk of the entries), genres and forms such as kabuki and no, and general topics such as acting, women, directing, religion, costumes, censorship, and masks, with separate discussions of pertinent countries within these entries. Dancers and musicians are generally omitted in favor of actors, directors, playwrights, and designers. - Reference & Research Book News "This work is indeed the very first Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre and as such it will be very useful for the many students in Asian theatre. Because Asian performance is so expansive in time and space we can be significantly helped by a comprehensive work such as this." - Asian Theatre Journal
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About Samuel Leiter

Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. A specialist in Japanese theatre, he is the former editor of Asian Theatre Journal. His many books include New Kabuki Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1997).
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