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The Arts of the Japanese Stage

The course gives a general overview of the traditional arts of the Japanese stage. Representative genres in the theatre, dance and music are introduced from a historical perspective, and the influence of the Meiji period on estethics are discussed.

The course gives an overview of how different performing arts have developed. The focus is on medieval performing arts (noh) and the performing arts of the Edo period (Bunraku and Kabuki). It also covers certain music and dance genres that are not covered by these theatrical forms.

The course includes a number of compulsory film screenings.

  • Course structure


    The course consists of one module, 7.5 credits.

    Teaching format

    The course is given in the form of lectures and film screenings.

    Attendance is mandatory.

    Course details and resources

    Course details, planning and literature can be found in the learning platform Athena närmare kursstart.

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The course is examined by a written home exam. For more details see the course description.

    The course description is avalible one month before the course starts.


    Gunnar Linder

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Japan's language and culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk