Momose, Izumi Books

Dr. Izumi Momose is Professor Emeritus at Chuo University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He has published two books: Annotated “King Lear”(1984) and Narrative in Shakespeare’s Problem Plays (2004).

Japanese Studies in Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-5680-5
In such stage performances as of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Peter Brook or Tempest and Pericles by Ninagawa Yukio, audiences experience abundant communal unification between themselves and stage. It is the result of constant efforts on the part of both theatrical practitioners and academic experts at restoring the real way how Shakespearean plays were enacted at the original Elizabethan theatres. At the same time, there is added to the tendency another conspicuous influence from the East, particularly that of the Noh drama of Japan. As is well-known, the influence came to the West mainly through two courses: one is by way of Ernest Fenollosa’s excellent translation of chief Noh works and the other is that Benjiamin Britten wrote his masterpiece operatic work, Curlew River, remaking another masterpiece Noh play. Not that they produced direct overall influences, but they unmistakably composed and attached some crucial effects upon Shakespearean performance so much so that upon communal unification there has been added another memorable dimension, which is theatrum mundi or the theatre of the world.