Izumi Kyoka’s Castle Tower: Love, War, and Spirits of Another Sort

by Lynn Moyers on April 21, 2017

On May 24, 2017 The Center for Japanese Studies Presents Izumi Kyoka’s Castle Tower: Love, War, and Spirits of Another Sort

First published in 1917, Izumi Kyoka’s The Castle Tower did not have its stage debut until 1951, in a landmark production at the Kabukiza in Tokyo. Why did it take so long? Dr. Cody Poulton from University of Victoria will discuss how Kyoka’s fascination with the grotesque, the occult, and the erotic, com- bined with an enduring distaste for militarism that was decades ahead of its time.

Cody Poulton teaches Japanese language, literature and theatre in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at University of Victoria. His research focuses on Japanese theatre and drama, particularly of the modern period. The working title for Dr. Poulton’s current research, for which he has received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is “Encounters with the non-Human in Japanese Theatre: Spirits, Animals, Technology.” He is also interested in pilgrimage and the Kumano region of Japan, and in the culture of Japanese cuisine.

May 24, 2017, 6pm
Portland State University
Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson Street, Portland OR

Free and open to the public.

This presentation is in conjunction with the PSU kabuki presentation of the play, The Castle Tower, on May 30 & 31.

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