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PRÉSENTATION
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Kyoto Lectures【ON ZOOM】2022-01-26
26 JANVIER 22
Rakugo as Variety Entertainment ⇆ Rakugo as Literature
Speaker: M.W. Shores

Wednesday, January 26th, 18:00 JST

This lecture will be available only via Zoom.



Unlike the arts of nō, kabuki and bunraku, Japan’s comic storytelling art rakugo rarely gets termed‘literature'. This has to do with the fact that it's an oral tradition without formal scripts, and because intellectuals have long viewed rakugo as uncouth, unsophisticated variety entertainment. Still, some label rakugo a ‘classical' (koten) art. Truth be told, many still aren't sure what to make of rakugo, so it gets overlooked. But rakugo is many things, literature included. The art is intimately linked to more conventional literature (on the page), both early modern and modern. Yet, some become alarmed or offended at the suggestion that rakugo is literature. This is strange considering that rakugo makes up an immense body of work and serves as an extraordinary vessel for much that has otherwise vanished with history — adages, customs, jokes, home remedies, poems, prejudices, profanity, recipes, songs, stories, wisdom, words, and more. This talk aims to challenge misguided perceptions of rakugo and how we define Japanese literature.

M.W. Shores is a scholar of Japanese literary arts and entertainment, with a focus on rakugo and its early-modern precursors, literary and otherwise. He began his career at Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Peterhouse. He has been Lecturer of Japanese at The University of Sydney since 2019. Shores has spent over a decade in Japan for research as well as apprenticeships with two prominent rakugo masters, and has directed Traditional Theater Training (TTT) at Kyoto Art Center since 2015. His recent monograph is The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan: Satire and Social Mobility in Kamigata Rakugo (Cambridge University Press, 2021). For more see mwshores.com.


This lecture will be available only via Zoom.

The meeting link will remain posted on the top page of the ISEAS website and blog of EFEO Kyoto from January 24.


https://www.efeo.fr/blogs.php?bid=10&l=LO

https://iseas-kyoto.org


École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)
co-hosted by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

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