A Bibliography of Kabuki-related Works at the library@esplanade

This bibliography was compiled in conjunction with The History and Art of Kabuki, a festival organised by the library@esplanade, in partnership with the Japan Creative Centre, the Association of Traditional Performing Arts of Japan, and Vivid Creations.

Play Scripts

Brandon, James R., and Samuel L. Leiter, eds. Kabuki Plays on Stage. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English q895.62008 KAB

Brandon, James R., and Samuel L. Leiter, eds. Masterpieces of Kabuki: Eighteen Plays on Stage. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English q895.62008 MAS

Leiter, Samuel L. The Art of Kabuki: Famous Plays in Performance. 1st ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 ART

Leiter, Samuel L. The Art of Kabuki: Five Famous Plays. 2nd ed. New York: Dover Publications, 1999.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 895.62008 ART

Sadler, A. L. Japanese Plays: Classic Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki Works. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2010.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 895.620822 SAD

Performance Recordings

Ma, Yo-yo. Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach: Struggle for Hope, Six Gestures. New York: Sony Classical, 1998.
Classification: Audio-Visual Lending
Call number: English 787.41858 INS-[ART]

General Introductory Works

Cavaye, Ronald, Paul Griffith, and Akihiko Senda. A Guide to the Japanese Stage: From Traditional to Cutting Edge. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2004.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 CAV-[DIR]

Cavaye, Ronald. Kabuki: A Pocket Guide. Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 1993.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 CAV-[ART]

Ernst, Earle. The Kabuki Theatre. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1974.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 ERN-[ART]

Gunji, Masakatsu. Ge wu ji ru men [歌舞伎入门]. Trans. Li Mo. Beijing: Zhongguo xi ju chu ban she, 2004.
Classification: Lending
Call number: Chinese 792.0952 GUN-[ART]

Halford, Aubrey S., and Giovanna M. Halford. The Kabuki Handbook: A Guide to Understanding and Appreciation, with Summaries of Favourite Plays, Explanatory Notes, and Illustrations. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1956.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 HAL

Herwig, Arendie, and Henk Herwig. Heroes of the Kabuki Stage: An Introduction to Kabuki with Retellings of Famous Plays Illustrated by Woodblock Prints. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2004.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 HER

Inoura, Yoshinobu, and Toshio Kawatake. The Traditional Theater of Japan. Tokyo: Japan Foundation, 1981.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 INO

Kamimura, Iwao. Kabuki Today: The Art and Tradition. Trans. Kirsten McIvor. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2001.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English q792.0952 KAM

Scott, A. C. The Kabuki Theatre of Japan. New York: Dover Publications, 1999.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 SCO-[ART]

Subject Dictionary
Leiter, Samuel L. New Kabuki Encyclopedia: A Revised Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten. London: Greenwood, 1997.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.9052 LEI

History

Brandon, James R. Kabuki’s Forgotten War, 1931-1945. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.095209043 BRA-[ART]

Brandon, James R., William P. Malm, and Donald H. Shively. Studies in Kabuki: Its Acting, Music, and Historical Context. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1979.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 BRA

Edelson, Loren. Danjūrō’s Girls: Women on the Kabuki Stage. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 EDE-[ART]

Gerstle, C. Andrew. Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 769.420952 GER-[ART]

Leiter, Samuel L., ed. A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2002.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 KAB

Leiter, Samuel L., ed. Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2009.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 RIS-[ART]

Okamoto, Shiro. The Man who Saved Kabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied Japan. Trans. Samuel L. Leiter. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 952.04092 OKA

Performance Studies

Brandon, James R., William P. Malm, and Donald H. Shively. Studies in Kabuki: Its Acting, Music, and Historical Context. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1979.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 BRA

Leiter, Samuel L., ed. A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2002.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 KAB

Leiter, Samuel L., ed. Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theater in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2009.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 RIS-[ART]

Fujita, Minoru, and Micheal Shapiro, eds. Transvetism and the Onnagata Traditions in Shakespeare and Kabuki. Folkestone, Kent, UK: Global Oriental, 2006.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.028 TRA

Kawatake, Toshio. Kabuki: Baroque Fusion of the Arts. Trans. Frank and Jean Connell Hoff. Tokyo: International House of Japan, 2003.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 KAW

Leiter, Samuel L. Frozen Moments: Writings on Kabuki, 1966-2001. Ithaca, New York: East Asia Programne, Cornell University, 2002.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.095 LEI-[ART]

Mezur, Katherine. Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies: Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 MEZ

Kabuki and Gender

Edelson, Loren. Danjūrō’s Girls: Women on the Kabuki Stage. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 EDE-[ART]

Fujita, Minoru, and Micheal Shapiro, eds. Transvetism and the Onnagata Traditions in Shakespeare and Kabuki. Folkestone, Kent, UK: Global Oriental, 2006.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.028 TRA

Mezur, Katherine. Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies: Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 MEZ

Playwriting

Saltzman-Li, Katherine, trans. Creating Kabuki Plays: Context for Kezairoku, ‘Valuable Notes on Playwriting’. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.0952 SAL-[ART]

Costumes and Make-up

Shaver, Ruth M. Kabuki Costume. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1990.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English q792.0260952 SHA

Dance

Hanayagi, Chiyo. Fundamentals of Japanese Dance: Kabuki Dance. Trans. Leonard Pronko and Tomono Takao. Tokyo: Kodansha Shuppan Service Centre, 2008.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 793.31952 HAN

Actor Biographies

Kominz, Laurence R. The Stars who Created Kabuki: Their Lives, Loves and Legacy. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1997.
Classification: Reference
Call number: English 792.0952 KOM

Nakamura, Matazo. Kabuki Backstage, Onstage: An Actor’s Life. Trans. Mark Oshima. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1990.
Classification: Lending
Call number: English 792.028092 Nak-[ART]

This bibliography was compiled by Loh Wai Yee, Associate Librarian, library@esplanade


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