SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Ivan Rumanek

MA, PhD (Comenius University) Slovakia
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Ivan Rumanek
Ivan Rumanek
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Thesis title:
The appropriation of Noh by Joruri and Kabuki
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Nogaku Institute, Hosei University, Tokyo: research on noh and writing of monograph

Research worker, Oriental Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava (Japanese philology and religion)

Study stay, Japanese Literature Dep't, Osaka University (classical Heian literature)

PhD Research

After completing a research monograph on Japanese noh drama (published 2010 in Bratislava), I decided to go on with my research and examine how noh influenced the later performing traditions of kabuki and joruri. Noh had become a powerful tradition by the end of the 16th century and the aim of my doctoral research is to establish what kind of influence (or rather, appropriation) there was when kabuki and joruri were emerging in the 17th century. Another research question is the connection between the kabuki dance which Izumo no Okuni started around 1603 and the later classical kabuki theatre epitomized by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon in the last decades of the century: the designation "kabuki" remained but the content, apparently, changed rather drastically. I am trying to look more closely at this process. My research also involves a concrete textual analysis of one Chikamatsu play inspired by a noh play and a comparison of the two texts.