Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre


This study is a comparative analysis of two plays from different types of traditional Japanese theatre, namely Noh and Kabuki. The Noh play Ataka and the Kabuki play Kanjincho are examined with respect to their use of nonverbal communication. Toro' s theatre semiotics framework is used to analyze the stage settings, the actor's appearance, and the actor's movement in specific scenes from each play: the opening scene, the three climactic scenes, and the last scene. The conclusion of the study indicates that there are significant differences between Noh and Kabuki theatre with respect to their use of nonverbal communication. These differences relate to an emphasis on internal beauty in Noh and external beauty in Kabuki.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Narihibiku Ataka no shinseki Japanese drama -- History and criticism Nō plays Kabuki plays Nonverbal communication



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South Dakota State University