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A viral Books Unspeakable Acts: The Avant-Garde Theatre of Terayama Shuji and Postwar Japan release Terayama Sh ji 1935 1983 was one of postwar Japan s most gifted and controversial playwrights directors Since his death than twenty years ago, he has been transformed into a cult hero in Japan Despite this notoriety, Unspeakable Acts is the first book in any language to analyze the theater of Terayama in depth It interrogates postwar Japanese culture and theater tTerayama Sh ji 1935 1983 was one of postwar Japan s most gifted and controversial playwrights directors Since his death than twenty years ago, he has been transformed into a cult hero in Japan Despite this notoriety, Unspeakable Acts is the first book in any language to analyze the theater of Terayama in depth It 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 Fisher Sorgenfrei has woven a sophisticated and provocative study.. The best Books Unspeakable Acts: The Avant-Garde Theatre of Terayama Shuji and Postwar Japan An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the delirious world of Shuji Terayama - the taboo-smashing poet, playwright, director, designer, photographer, filmmaker, and all-around cultural provocateur. "Unspeakable Acts" focuses on his theater activities with translations of several key plays and his writings on stagecraft. His most radical works included street theater that strategically rampaged across an entire city, one production that ended with actors setting fire to the sets, and another that sparked fistfights between the cast, audience, and even critics. Other celebrated productions such as "Mink Marie" and "The Hunchback of Aomori" traveled to the U.S. and Europe. I'm most familiar with Terayama's films - including "Pastoral: To Die in Country" and "Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets" - which are the wildest films in the entire Japanese New Wave. Their visuals still retain the ability to stop you in your tracks. Sadly, the films are mostly beyond the purview of this book, but then you would need several tomes to do justice to Terayama's sprawling output. It's not surprising a virtual Terayama industry thrives in Japan - including a museum dedicated to his work. My only reservation is this is primarily an academic text, mostly concerned with examining only a few plays and constructing an analysis of his aesthetic, including interpretations involving his troubled relationship with his mother. Rather than providing a comprehensive biography or describing many of his unorthodox productions, the author is speaking to her colleagues in Japanese theater studies and trying to situate Terayama's true achievements in that sphere. Large chunks of this won't interest the Terayama novice, but it's still a serious boon this book even exists.
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