Noh Drama Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bethe, Monica, and Karen Brazell. “The Practice of Noh Theatre.” In By Means of Performance: Intercultural Studies of Theatre and Ritual, edited by Richard Schechner and Willa Appel, pp. 167-93. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Discusses the training of the performer in Noh, examining ideas used from the time of Zeami and his father to the present day.

Brazell, Karen. Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998, 561 p.

Study of Noh, Kyogen, Puppet, and Kabuki theater that includes a general overview of Noh, a discussion of the elements of performance, and translations of six representative plays.

Japanese Classics Translation Committee. General Introduction to Japanese Noh Drama: Ten Plays Selected and Translated from the Japanese, selected and translated by the special Noh Committee, Japanese Classics Translation Committee, pp. xi-xviii. Tokyo, Japan: The Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai, 1955.

Presents an overview of the tradition of Noh, describing the stage, the performers, the role of the chorus, the drama's form and characteristics, and its use of costumes and masks.

Komparu, Kunio. The Noh Theater: Principles and Perspectives, Tokyo, Japan: Weatherhill, 1983, 281 p.

Study of Noh consisting of three parts, the first presenting the characteristics that distinguish Noh as a theater art, the second describing the elements that comprise the form, and the third explaining the structure of the whole and the way the parts are assembled.

Lombard, Frank Alanson. An Outline History of the Japanese Drama, Richmond, Surrey, England: Curzon Press, 1993, 358 p.

Study of Japanese theater than includes chapters on antecedents of as well as different forms of Noh.

Nakamura, Yasuo. “Noh History.” In Noh: The Classical Theater, translated by Don Kenny, with an introduction by Earle Ernst, pp. 56-153. New York: Walker/Weatherhill in Collaboration with Tankosha, 1971.

Traces the history of Noh, from its beginnings in the Heian period to its perfection during the fifteenth century and the age of Zeami.

Noy, Kinneret. “Creating a Movement Space: The Passageway in Noh and Greek Theatres.” New Theatre Quarterly 18 no. 70 (May 2002): pp. 176-186.

Compares the use of space in Japanese and Greek theater.

Smethurst, Mae J. “The Appeal of a Plotless Tragedy.” College Literature 23, no. 1(Feb. 1996): pp. 67-81.

Examines Aeschylus using Zeami's ideas on Noh performance.

Tsuchiya, Kiyoshi. “No and Purification: The Art of Ritual and Vocational Performance.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 34, no. 2 (fall 2001): pp. 93-106.

Examines Zeami's contributions to Noh drama.