• Title: Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater
  • Author: R. Keller Kimbrough
  • Released: 2013-04-09
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0231146582
  • ISBN13: 978-0231146586
  • ASIN: 0231146582
Review

Wondrous Brutal Fictions is the first work of its kind in English. It provides insights into everyday life, folklore, and religion in early modern Japan and illuminates the origins of the joruri (Bunraku) puppet theater. R. Keller Kimbrough possesses a superb command of classical Japanese, and his English renditions of these gripping, sometimes supernatural stories are lively and very well done.

(Paul S. Atkins, author of Revealed Identity: The Noh Plays of Komparu Zenchiku)

About the Author

R. Keller Kimbrough is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Colby College, and the University of Colorado. He is the author of Preachers, Poets, Women, and the Way: Izumi Shikibu and the Buddhist Literature of Medieval Japan.

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