Tadashi Uchino publishes Crucible Bodies: Postwar Japanese Performance from Brecht to the New Millennium, a book in English on contemporary Japanese theater
As the latest edition in the University of Chicago Press “Enactments” series (sold by Seagull Books), a book in English by Tadashi Uchino (Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, University of Tokyo) titled Crucible Bodies: Postwar Japanese Performance from Brecht to the New Millennium has been published. In this book Uchino explores Postwar Japanese theater from a broad perspective, treating questions of how the plays of Brecht were received in Japan and the evolution in concepts of aesthetic beauty in stage art and theories concerning use of the body, with analysis of a large number of varied works from the performing arts. As a rare example of an academic study of the performing arts written in English by a native Japanese researcher, this book has received much attention for its potential as an important contribution to international research in the performing arts. The book’s cover photo is of the figure work Hiropon by artist Takashi Murakami.
The author’s books in Japanese include The Melodramatic Revenge: Theatre of the Private in the 1980s (1996, Keiso Shobo Publishers) and From Melodrama to Performance: The Twentieth Century American Theatre (2001, University of Tokyo Press).