Chūshingura on Stage and in Print: An Exhibition of Books, Manuscripts, and Ukiyoe

March 24-April 18, 2003

Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, Columbia University
& Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

This exhibition was organized to mark a new cooperative agreement between the university libraries of Waseda and Columbia Universities. The exhibition material came from the Waseda University Library, the Waseda Theatre Museum, and the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia.

Part I: Theater Texts and Color Woodblock Prints
(Butler Rare Book Library)

1. Introduction: Chûshingura On Stage And In Print
2. The First Jôruri Texts on the 47 Rônin
3. Kanadehon Chûshingura: The Master Text
4. Kanadehon Chûshingura on the Edo Kabuki Stage
5. The Print Culture of Edo Theater: Bunraku and Kabuki Programs
6. Picture Programs (e-banzuke)
7. "Parrot Books" for Mimicking Famous Lines
8. Kokon iroha hyôrin: Chronicling Kanadehon Chûshingura
9. Act I: The Grand Prelude
10. Kanadehon Chûshingura in Color Woodblock Prints
11. Act III: The Palace Attack
12. Michiyuki: The Dance Interlude
13. Act IV: The Seppuku Of Enya Hangan
14. Trick Pictures (Shikake-e)
15. Act V: Robbery and Murder on the Yamazaki Highway
16. Act VI: The Tragedy of Kanpei
17. Act VII: Reading the Letter and Descending the Ladder
18. Okaru and Heiemon
19. Act IX: The Yamashina Retreat
20. Act X: The Faithful Merchant Gihei
21. Act XI: The Night Attack on Kira's Mansion
22. Imagining the Retreat to Sengakuji
23. Combining the Acts: Perspective Prints of Chûshingura
24. All Eleven Acts in a "Single View"
25. Portraits of the Gishi
26. Kanadehon Chûshingura in the Osaka Style
27. Meiji Style and Meiji Variations
28. Kanadehon Chûshingura in Modern Kabuki
29. Chûshingura and Film in Modern Japan

Part 2: Books and Manuscripts
(Starr Rare Book Reading Room)

30. Letters of the 47 Rônin
31. Foundational Narratives
32. Popular Jitsuroku Accounts
33. Later Elaborations
34. Kibyôshi Parodies of Kanadehon Chûshingura
35. Spin-offs of Kanadehon Chûshingura
36. Yamazaki Yoshinari's Popular Tales of the Akô Gishi
37. The Kanbun Accounts of Aoyama Nobumitsu
38. The Seppuku of Ôishi Kuranosuke
39. Portraits of the Gishi
40. The Akô Gishi in the Meiji Era
41. Documenting the Akô Incident
42. Rewriting the Ako Incident

Part 3: Translations of Kanadehon Chushingura
(Starr Reference Room)

43. The First Translation of Kanadehon Chushingura
44. French and Italian Translations
45. The Introduction of the 47 Ronin to the West
46. English Translations of Kanadehon Chushingura

Part 4: John Masefield's The Faithful
(Butler Rare Book Library)

47. (1) The Original Play
48. New (2) The York Production
49. (3) The Japanese Translation
50. (4) The Tokyo Productions

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