Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the by R. Keller Kimbrough

By R. Keller Kimbrough

Wondrous Brutal Fictions offers 8 seminal works from the seventeenth-century jap sekkyo and ko-joruri puppet theaters, many translated into English for the 1st time. either poignant and hectic, they vary from tales of cruelty and brutality to stories of affection, charity, and remarkable filial devotion, representing the simplest of early Edo-period literary and function traditions and performing as very important precursors to the Bunraku and Kabuki varieties of theater. As works of Buddhist fiction, those texts relate the histories and miracles of specific buddhas, bodhisattvas, and native deities. a lot of their protagonists are cultural icons, recognizable via their illustration in later works of jap drama, fiction, and picture. the gathering contains such sekkyo “sermon-ballad” classics as Sansho Dayu, Karukaya, and Oguri, in addition to the “old joruri” performs Goo-no-hime and Amida’s Riven Breast. R. Keller Kimbrough presents a severe advent to those vivid functionality genres, emphasizing the position of seventeenth-century publishing of their unfold. He additionally information six significant sekkyo chanters and their playbooks, filling an important scholarly hole in early Edo-period theater. greater than fifty reproductions of as a rule seventeenth-century woodblock illustrations provide wealthy, visible foundations for the severe creation and translated stories. perfect for college students and students of medieval and early smooth eastern literature, theater, and Buddhism, this assortment offers an exceptional come upon with well known Buddhist drama and its far-reaching impression on literature and culture.

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