Japan on the Jesuit Stage

Transmissions, Receptions, and Regional Contexts


Japan on the Jesuit Stage offers a comprehensive overview of the representations of Japan in early modern European Neo-Latin school theater. The chapters in the volume catalog and analyze representative plays which were produced in the hundreds all over Europe, from the Iberian Peninsula to present-day Croatia and Poland.

Taking full account of existing scholarship, but also introducing a large amount of previously unknown primary material, the contributions by European and Japanese researchers significantly expand the horizon of investigation on early modern European theatrical reception of East Asian elements and will be of particular interest to students of global history, Neo-Latin, and theater studies.

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Haruka Oba, Ph.D. (2010, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) is associate professor in the Faculty of Literature at Kurume University in Japan. Her field of research is early modern Europe, especially the history of the depiction of the Japanese people in the German-speaking areas.

Akihiko Watanabe, Ph.D. (2003, Yale University) is professor in the Department of Comparative Culture at Otsuma Women’s University. His research interests are the Greco-Roman classics, classical reception, and Neo-Latin, especially when pertaining to Japan.

Florian Schaffenrath, Ph.D. (2005, University of Innsbruck) is director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies. He has published on regional Neo-Latin literature and epic poetry in particular. Since 2018, he is general editor of the Acta Conventus Neolatini (Brill).
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Part 1: Preliminaries

Maria Maciejewska, Haruka Oba, Florian Schaffenrath and Akihiko Watanabe

1 Found in Translation: The Jesuit Japan Letters as a Source of Early Modern European Images of Japan
Patrick Reinhart Schwemmer

2 Christianomachia Iaponensis: The Japanese Martyr on Stage
Mirjam Döpfert

Part 2: Geographical Overviews

3 Japanese Martyrs in French Jesuit Drama (Late Seventeenth–Early Eighteenth Century): Between Violence and Bienséance
Hitomi Omata Rappo

4 Titus Iapon on the Jesuit Stage in the Provincia Flandro-Belgica: Neo-Latin Intertextuality and the Economics of Jesuit Drama
Nicholas De Sutter and Goran Proot

5 Japan and the Japanese in Jesuit School Plays from the Bohemian Province of the Society of Jesus
Kateřina Bobková-Valentová and Magdaléna Jacková

6 Traces of Japan in Croatian Latin School Drama, 1600–1800
Nina Čengić and Neven Jovanović

7 Not Only Titus the Japanese: Japan and the Japanese on the Jesuit Stage in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Monika Miazek-Męczyńska

8 Early Christian Japanese Sources of Jesuit Theater in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
Justyna Łukaszewska-Haberkowa

Part 3: Case Studies

9 Majesty and Silence: An Honorable, Bald Old Man Named Japan
Margarida Miranda

10 The Development of Jesuit Drama on Japan in Bavaria: The Historical Context of the Play Victor, Staged in Munich in 1665
Haruka Oba

11 The Japanese Senex Iratus: The Munich Victor Play
Akihiko Watanabe
All those interested in early modern history, Neo-Latin, reception of classical Latin literature, Jesuit drama and theatre, Japanology, missionary studies and the history of Christendom. Keywords: Jesuit theatre, early modern history, Japan and Europe, Catholic Mission, Catholic Reformation, and classical reception.
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