Samuel L. Leiter (essay date 1973)
SOURCE: Leiter, Samuel L. “The Kabuki Juhachiban.” Literature East & West XVII, Nos. 2-3-4 (June-December, 1973): 320-34.
[In the following essay, Leiter discusses the different styles used in the collection of plays known as Juhachiban, or “Kabuki Eighteen,” and describes some of the most popular plays from the group, noting the Japanese fondness and reverence for these pieces, partly because of their association with the prestigious actor-family of Ichikawa.]
In the classical Kabuki play, Narukami, first presented in 1684, a young princess, Taema-no-hime, has come to the mountain retreat of the priest, Narukami, to trick him into...
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