Raisa A. Stebbins

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Fall 5-11-2011

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Nancy Simon


What would you do if you woke up one day, and everyone told you that you were a kangaroo? This is the premise of Kangaroo (1967) by contemporary Japanese playwright Betsuyaku Minoru. In translating this play, I have explored why so few contemporary Japanese plays have been translated, the socio-historical background of Japan in the 1960s, and the influence of the Western Absurdist movement on contemporary Japanese theatre.

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Language and culture -- Japan, Japanese drama, Japanese language -- Dialects, Japanese Foreign words and phrases -- English, Translating and interpreting, Betsuyaku Minoru (1937- ) -- Kangaru, Bunraku puppets -- Puppet theatre, Theater -- Japan, Nō, Kabuki, World War (1939-1945) -- Japan -- History, Theater of the absurd, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2011 -- Theatre Department

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