Carol F. Sorgenfrei Unspeakable Acts

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Unspeakable Acts

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Terayama Shuji (1935-1983) was one of postwar Japan's most gifted and controversial playwrights/directors. Since his death more 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.

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"Sorgenfrei’s insightful study is an absolute must for anyone interested in Japanese theatre and culture as well as in international theatre avant-garde movements." —Erika Fischer-Lichte, Institut fuer Theaterwissenschaft, Berlin

"Ms. Sorgenfrei, the best-prepared scholar outside Japan to approach the phenomenon of Terayama, has written an important book of original and excellent scholarship that is eminently readable by student, scholar, and professional alike." —John Gillespie, co author of Alternative Japanese Drama

"In Unspeakable Acts Carol Sorgenfrei has succeeded in giving us a fascinating and thought-provoking picture of a theatre activist who excited, and continues to excite, strong feelings." —Brian Powell, Keble College, Oxford University, author of Japan’s Modern Theatre

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Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei is professor of theater at UCLA, where she previously headed both the critical studies and playwrighting areas.

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