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The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions

by Stephen H. West & Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

This is the first anthology of Yuan-dynasty zaju (miscellaneous comedies) to introduce the genre to English-speaking readers exclusively through translations of the plays’ fourteenth-century editions. Almost...


The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama

by Xiaomei Chen Columbia University Press (March 11, 2014)

This condensed anthology reproduces close to a dozen plays from Xiaomei Chen’s well-received original collection, along with her critical introduction to the historical, cultural, and aesthetic evolution of...


Modern Korean Drama: An Anthology

by Richard Nichols Columbia University Press (October 01, 2009)

Carefully selected and represented, the plays in this collection showcase both the fantastic and the realistic innovations of Korean dramatists during a time of rapid social and historical change. Stretching...


Wrinkled Deep in Time: Aging in Shakespeare

by Maurice Charney Columbia University Press (October 22, 2009)

Shakespeare was acutely aware of our intimate struggles with aging. His dramatic characters either prosper or suffer according to their relationship with maturity, and his sonnets eloquently explore time's ravaging...


Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost

by Satoko Shimazaki Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

Satoko Shimazaki revisits three centuries of kabuki theater and its dynamic representations of medieval Japanese tales and tradition, boldly reframing Edo kabuki as a key player in the formation of an early...


Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

by Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr Columbia University Press (March 03, 2015)

As early as the 1840s, playwrights incorporated evolutionary theory into their work, reacting to a scientific advancement that changed the world. This book follows evolutionary theory in mainstream European...