shouhonjitate 正本製
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
An Edo period novel which imitated the style of *kabuki 歌舞伎 stage books *shouhon 正本. The shouhonjitate novel included references to stage equipment and props joururi 浄瑠璃 lyrics, and included drawings of the dressing rooms, the theater, and scenes from the plays. Illustrations of figures took the form of famous actor portraits *yakusha-e 役者絵. These novels combined three popular cultural activities of Edo, i.e. popular novels, kabuki plays, and *ukiyo-e 浮世絵, all in one. The earliest example published in 1815 was the SHOUHONJITATE GAKUYA TSUZUKI-E 正本製楽屋続絵 by Ryuutei Tanehiko 柳亭種彦 (1783-1842) with pictures by Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 (1786-1865). Tanehiko's shouhonjitate series was favorably received and continued to be published until 1831. After that, many books following Tanehiko's format were published. Shouhon utsushi 正本写し, which translated a popular segment of kabuki script into a novel format, was another type of theater book published after a play was performed. These books are useful for the study of kabuki pictures in ukiyo-e.

*eiri joururibon 絵入浄瑠璃本, *nehon 根本 

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