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Re: Kabuki Theatre Thesis
TUE, 2/18/03, 2:52 p.m. - In Response To: Kabuki Theatre Thesis (Bridget)
I'm doing a senior honors thesis on kabuki makeup, kesho, and part
of my thesis is an exploration of "new" kabuki. Basically I'm examining
modern kabuki theatre and other media that has been influenced by kabuki
theatre. In my hunt for resorce information your book has come up several
times. I just wanted to ask you if you found inspiration for the kabuki
masks from the theatre itself or if it is more of a blend of NOH and Kabuki?
How did you bcome interested in Japanese theatre? I love "Kabuki" and would
enjoy including any information you provide me in my honors thesis.
Many of the masks and costumes are inspired by Kabuki and Noh mask and costumes. But the main connection between my story called Kabuki and the Kabuki theatre is the subject matter in context of the story. My Kabuki story deals with some of the same ideas that are so popular in many of the Kabuki plays. One of these is the Japanese Ghost Story that is the heart of many of the Kabuki plays. My Kabuki story can be viewed as a modern
retelling of the Japanese Ghost story as it is told in the Kabuki Plays.
Even the storytelling constructs and acts of the story match up to it.
Many of the details are different but the main ideas, themes, and story
One of these traditional themes is the idea of the wronged or enraged
woman who is killed and then comes back to the material world in a new
form to set things right in order for her spirit to be at peace. There
are several other thems as well, but I try to resist categorizing the ideas
and structures of my stories because I like the reader formulate their
own idea about what the story is about.
Read Kabuki- Circle of Blood (Vol 1), and Kabuki- Dreams (Vol 2). They
touch on a lot of the ideas that are in the Kabuki plays and the Japanese
Ghost stories. They will be helpful for your thesis and even include extensive
afterwords that delve into this subject. You are welcome to use this response,
and any of the information in my books or the afterwords in your thesis
as long as you cite the references to the work. I hope this is helpful
Thanks for your interest. Let me know what you think.
Wow! Amazing in depth study of the work...
TUE, 2/18/03, 3:06 p.m. - In Response To: My Senior Thesis on Kabuki
Hi..I haven't posted on this before, I just found it today
in fact. I'm a senior English major at college right now, and I wrote my
senior thesis on Metamorphosis last semester. I brought Kabuki to my professor
asking to write on it and he was pretty supportive in an occasionally conservative
department, and I tried to do it justice by altering the very form in which
I was writing it, so I wrote it in hypertext. He really pushed me to a
specific reading (using critical theory, deconstruction, whatever), and
it was an amazing experience..I love Kabuki, I think it's incredible. I've really wanted to show it to David, I've been nervous about it - but I really tried to do it justice - so David, if you get the chance to look at it,
I hope you don't mind the massive number of pictures I've put into the
text - I felt as though what I wrote would be irrelevant without them.
So, I'd really appreciate if you could look at it and let me know what
you think. It's at http://students.vassar.edu/vachang
and begins with a large picture that has rollovers leading to separate
bodies of text and graphics...if you move your mouse around, you'll find
that over the psychiatrist's face, there are 2 links leading to a introduction
and conclusion which are prior and after the other 3 essays that reside
within other rollovers. I didn't think a conventional mode of criticism
would be appropriate for so complex a work. In any case..I hope you look
Welcome to the Kabuki message board. Thank you for reading my work and
for choosing Kabuki for your thesis.
I read your thesis and I am very impressed by it (the content, research,
and the presentation)! I really enjoy the way you included the art with
the text. My congratulations to you. And please pass on my appreciation
to your instructor for being so supportive of you and for pushing you to
deconstruct the story in this way.
My first thought upon reading your thesis was that I would like to include
it in a future Kabuki publication. Maybe in the back of a future book, or included in a book that has other studies or opinions of what the book is about. Although I do not have immediate specific plans for this, I think
it is something that I can find a place for in a future publication.
Let me know if this is agreeable to you. If so, I will let you know
as soon as I figure out what book or format to include it in. It would
list your title, name credit, your sources and everything you included.
Either way, great job on your work!