Unspeakable Acts: The Avant-garde Theatre of Terayama Shuji And Postwar Japan
Carol Fisher SorgenfreiISBN: 0824827961;
Book DescriptionIconoclast, outlaw, genius, terrorist, pornographer: Terayama Shuji (1935?1983) has been labeled all of these and more. One of postwar Japan?s most gifted and controversial playwrights/directors, Terayama has been compared to such artists as Robert Wilson and John Cage. During his lifetime his work incited scandal, outrage, even violence. Since his death more than twenty years ago, he has been transformed into a cult hero in Japan; members of the international theater continue to adore and damn him. Despite this notoriety, Unspeakable Acts is the first book in any language to analyze the theater of Terayama in depth. Unspeakable Acts interrogates postwar Japanese culture and theater through the creative work of this unique yet emblematic artist. By situating Terayama in his historical milieu and by using tools derived from Japanese and Western theories of psychoanalysis, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, and aesthetics, Carol...
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