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Reference Sources

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Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre - Samuel L. Leiter
Call Number: Main Reference Collection PN2921 .L45 2006
ISBN: 0810855275
Publication Date: 2006-01-16


Videos in Media Services Collection and Online

Theater in Japan: Yesterday and Today (Films For The Humanities & Sciences, 1989) 51:24 mins (From Theatre in Video) Icon

Dancing: Dance Centerstage by John Hill (composer), Raoul Trujillo, directed by Dunlop, Geoff (ArtHaus Musik) 58:45 mins. Ballet and kabuki. (From Dance in Video) Icon

Dancing: Dance at the Court by John Hill (composer), Raoul Trujillo (ArtHaus Musik) 59:03 mins (From Dance in Video) Icon

Dream Girls , by Longinotto Kim, in Under the Sun (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 1994) 48 minutes. 宝塚 (From Ethbographic Video Online) Icon

NHK映像マップ みちしる (In Japanese) Video clips featuring regional culture are gathered from NHK Archives and made available online. The site includes Performing Arts and Music cellection.

Updated: 8/6/2013



Asian Theatre Journal:  Available both in print and via Literature Online, Project Muse, and JSTOR. Check the coverage in each database.

Monumenta Nipponica: Available both in print and via Project Muse, and JSTOR as well as . Check the coverage in each database.  Its website includes subject index with  Drama Studies and Drama Translations sections.

Updated: 8/6/2013


Books in English

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Traditional Japanese Theater - Karen Brazell (Editor); James T. Araki (Translator)
Call Number: Main Library PL782.E5 T73 1998
ISBN: 0231108737
Publication Date: 1999-04-27

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