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Kezairoku: Legitimacy And Methodology For The "Way" Of The Playwright

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Kezairoku was written with two related aims. The first is the professionalization of playwriting encouraged through the recording of standards and a methodology. The second is the elevation of the playwright's position, promoted by setting up the "Way" of the playwright. Kezairoku explains the methods of Kamigata playwrights, and we assume the work to be based on practices from around the Hôreki Period. The title tells us that it is a record of valuable information on playwriting, but the title also contains a pun: "Kezairoku" can be spelled alternately with the characters 毛才六, which means a greenhorn or stripling, a word used as a term of self-mockery by Kamigata men.

Keywords: kabuki playwrights; Kezairoku

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