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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Fields of Memory: Movement and Stasis in the Noh Play Ohara gokō

Elizabeth Oyler, Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, March 30, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 1010 Weiser Hall Map
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This talk explores the staging of the noh repertoire’s most literary plays, Ohara gokō, a work based on “The Initiates’ Scroll ( Kanjō no maki),” a “secret text ( hiji)” associated with the Tale of the Heike ( Heike monogatari). Through a close reading of the play, including stage directions and the use of set pieces and props, we will explore the role played by invisible and imaginary spaces in a play focused on memory and loss.

Elizabeth Oyler is associate professor and chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on medieval narrative and drama connected to the Genpei War. Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age, which she co-edited with Katherine Saltzman-Li, is her most recent publication.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, japan, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Asian Languages and Cultures