Japanese Theater Symposium at Yale

Japanese Theater Symposium at Yale

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 2:00pm to Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:30pm
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is happy to announce a special Japanese Theater Symposium to be held Friday, February 28th, and Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  Please note that Friday’s keynote lecture and a special kabuki workshop to be held the following Monday are both free and open to the public without registration.  The complete symposium schedule appears below.  Please register here if you are interested in attending any of the Saturday workshop sessions or the Friday session at Beinecke, for which space is quite limited.  Papers will be sent out in advance to registered participants. 


2:00 P.M. – 4:00 PM
Presentations on Japanese Theater-Related Materials in the Beinecke and Sterling Collections
Room 39, basement level, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St.

    William Fleming, Yale University
    Glynne Walley, University of Oregon
    Hiroko Suzuki, Tezukayama University (in Japanese)
    Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Kristin Williams, Wellesley College

List of items for viewing:
  • Ehon Chūshingura 『絵本忠臣蔵』
  • Ehon jōruri zekku 『絵本浄瑠璃絶句』
  • En’ya no Kojirō yo-uchi no taiketsu『塩谷小次郎夜討対決』
  • Fuji no hitoana sōshi 『富士の人穴草子』
  • Jidō kyōkun iroha uta 『児童教訓いろは歌』
  • Kakusha hyōbanki 『各者評判記』
  • Kōu 『項羽』
  • Ōeyama emaki 『大江山絵巻』
  • Shibai kinmōzui 『戯場訓蒙図彙 』
  • Shibai nenjū kagami 『戯場年中鏡』
  • Shibai saiken sanbasō 『芝居細見三葉草』
  • Shinpan yakushae zukushi 『新板やく者絵づくし』
  • Yakusha awasekagami 『俳優相貎鏡』
  • Yakusha daifukuchō 『役者大福帳』
  • Yakusha fūzoku Sangokushi 『役者風俗三国志』
  • Yakusha meisho zue 『戯子名所図会』
  • Yakusha sanjūrokkasen 『俳優三十六花撰』
  • Yamato ezukushi 『大和絵づくし』

4:30 P.M. – 5:45 PM
Keynote Lecture: “Magarikado: Kabuki at the Crossroads, 1952-1965”
     Samuel Leiter, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
**REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. Free and open to the public**


Workshop Sessions

Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

9:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.
     Welcome and Introduction
William Fleming, Yale University

9:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Session 1: Performing Text and Image

“Staging Senseless Violence: Early Ko-jōruri and the Culture of Performance”
    Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado, Boulder

“Playful Pictures: Image-Only Digests of Ningyō jōruri
    Janice Kanemitsu, Cornell University

Chūshingura as ‘World’ (Sekai) in Edo Fiction”
    William Fleming, Yale University

“To Live, Work, and Die in the Public Eye: Danjūrō VIII and Ukiyo-e Voyeurism”
    Laurence Kominz, Portland State University

12:00 P.M – 1:15 P.M.
Lunch (registered participants)

1:15 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Session 2: Play(s) on the Page

“Lector Leaps In: How Printed Gameboards Bring Fans into the World of the Theater”
    Glynne Walley, University of Oregon

“Boys’ Play-Acting in Edo-Period Book Illustrations”
    Kristin Williams, Wellesley College

“Tactical Tricks: Sangaku, Illusion, and Radical Corporeality”
    Ashton Lazarus, Yale University

3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Coffee Break

3:30 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.
Session 3: Traditional Theater in New Contexts

“From Actors to Theatre: Transitioning Positions in Kabuki Production-Related Critiques”
    Katherine Saltzman-Li, University of California, Santa Barbara

“The Mie of Shiranami gonin otoko, Spatiotemporal Anchoring, and the Construction of Identity in Rural Kabuki Performance”
    Michael Kushell, Harvard University

“America’s ‘Seeing-Men [and Women]’: Seasoned Critics, Freelance-Writer Specialists, and Foreign Correspondents—and Premodern Theater from Japan”
    Barbara Thornbury, Temple University

5:15 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Concluding Remarks


1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Special Event: Kabuki Performance Workshop
    Laurence Kominz, Portland State University
The Underbrook Theater, Saybrook College, 242 Elm St.
**REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. Free and open to the public**