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The ethos of noh : actors and their art / Eric C. Rath
Bib ID 3304830
Format BookBook
Author
Rath, Eric C., 1967-
 
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Description Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2004 
xvi, 317 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0674013972
Series

Harvard East Asian monographs ; 232.

Summary

"The aim of this book is to describe how memories of the past become traditions, as well as the role of these traditions in the institutional development of the noh theater from its beginnings in the fourteenth century through the late twentieth century. It focuses on the development of the key traditions that constitute the "ethos of noh," the ideology that empowered certain groups of actors at the expense of others, and how this ethos fostered noh's professionalization - its growth from a loose occupation into a closed, regulated vocation. The author argues that the traditions that form the ethos of noh, such as those surrounding masks and manuscripts, are the key traits that define it as an art."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Introduction : landmarks of memory
  • 1. Masks and memory
  • 2. Secret manuscripts
  • 3. The power of secret manuscripts
  • 4. Bloodlines
  • 5. Mass-produced mystery
  • 6. Print and order
  • 7. Rituals
  • Conclusion : Noh's modern myths.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-310) and index.

Subjects Nō -- History.
Other authors/contributors Harvard University. Asia Center

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