From Greece to Japan
In this assignment, you will take a stance for or against the following statement: Noh theater of Japan and its on-stage practices is heavily influenced by ancient Greek tragedy.
Begin by comparing and contrasting ancient Greek tragedy with Japanese Noh theater. In what ways are they similar? In what ways sare they different? If the two have similar practices (e.g., masks), do they serve the same purpose in each? Or something different? You are expected to research this topic beyond what’s offered in your textbook. Then…
Read Antigone by Sophocles and Atsumori by Zeami (both are attached here). You will need to reference these plays in your paper and give specific examples from each play illustrating how the two are similar and different in content (what actually happens in the play) and in style (how it is written).
Defend your assertion that Noh is or is not heavily influenced by Greek tragedy. Use specific examples from the plays and dedicate time to researching the contexts in which each form of theater was traditionally performed. What was going on in each country that may have influenced the development of each genre? Is there anything to suggest that Japanese theater-makers ever witnessed Greek tragedy, or read it, or studied it? If there are links, are they substantial or could they possibly be merely coincidental? Why or why not?
How you format your paper is up to you–when in doubt, the 5-paragraph model you learned in high school is A-OK! In any event, your paper should be 800-1200 words long. Regardless of how many words you write, it should be thorough. Before submitting it, please format it in Arial font, double-spaced.
You need to use and cite a minimum of 8 sources. Of those, at least one needs to be your textbook, two need to be the plays you’ve been assigned to read/reference, one needs to be a book that is not your textbook (can be an eBook), at least one needs to be a scholarly journal article (can be accessed online), and at least one needs to be a primary source. If you’re not sure what that is, please look it up. Please also utilize reputable sources. Good things to stay away from are websites with ‘wiki’ in the name or any that do not own their full domain (e.g., americantheate.wordpress.com).
Whether paraphrasing or using direct quotes from your sources, you must use parenthetical citations within your paper. Please use a recognized style such as APA or MLA for these citations. The last page of your paper should be a bibliography/works cited page. You should use the same style for these referencbcies as you did for your parenthetical citations.
From Greece to Japan