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Kabuki Playwriting: The Literary Connection

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In Tenmei kabuki, referring roughly to kabuki of the second half of the eighteenth century playwriting, acting and production of kabuki all reached high attainment. New artistic levels were achieved with the aid of new inventions for the stage, improved acting techniques and the influence of jôruri. Improvements also came from increased professional attention given to playwriting, with the awareness that better plays led to a competitive edge in the fight for success. The dense way in which contemporary literary, pictorial and theatrical arts were interrelated, and within which kabuki was centrally placed, can perhaps best be summed up.

Keywords: Kabuki Playwriting; Tenmei kabuki



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