19998Re: Tousando Board One Year Anniversary
- Oct 10, 2005--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@a...>
> Greetings from Solveig! I am interested in pre-modern Japanese theatreDear Solveig Throndardottir,
> and pre-modern Japanese poetry. I'm not sure whether you consider
> either of those particularly bardic. I am curious though. What is the
> subject of your dissertation? Do you have a bibliography?
Thank you for your message.
I would certainly consider the musicality of such performances-within-
performances as "bardic"! I do hesitate to use such a potentially
mis-leading term, but--within the activities of the Society as such--
it has a certain connotation about live performance, if not
historicity. Myself, I must say I feel out of my depth when
discussing ensemble music of no~gaku, et cetera, as in the case with
the instrumentation within classical Japanese dramatics . . . I really
specialize in the solo repertoire, but of course it's all fascinating!
And thank you for your expressed curiosity in my disseration.
My degree is--to committees at least--considered as being a
"performance" specialty, meaning that a core element of evaluation is
technical delivery, although of course the research element is of
prime importance. This second(ary) aspect is evaluated through
course-work, candidacy papers, and a sizable dissertation . . . mine
(very much a work in progress) concentrates on the transmission of
honkyoku, particularly the rôle of the komuso~ and the Fuke sects,
their extralegal status as medicant wanderers free of the normal
strictures imposed by autocratic Edo central government. I'm also
interested in the development of competing notational methodologies.
There is a well-blazed trail on these topics already, by both western
and eastern scholars, and I'm constantly in a state of anxiety as I
sit and pick away under their magnificent shadows. Huge swathes of
research is, especially in Japanese, out of print, and I live with a
stack of yellowed photocopies, rusty staples, and crumbling file-
folders. The sheer cumbersome quality of it all has cost me a room-
mate or two, I think!
Out of all this, I do have a working bibliography (if it is of
interest, I could u/l to the appropriate section) and chapter
outlines, which are due in a fortnight's time . . . in fact, that is
what I should be smartening up right now, instead of indulging in the
fun discussions here!
And so . . .
May all being be calm,
Caroline Foster -- PhD. Candidate (Ethnomusicology)
Dept. of Asian Languages, University of Washington
225 Gowen Hall, Seattle, WA 98195-3521
aka: Mistress Kunaikyo - "Renpu" (lotus-wind)
Barony of Madrone
Way of Bamboo: Shakuhachi Performance Arts
*~* o~-neko no dosari to netaru uchiwa kana *~*
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