Drew Gerstle

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C. Andrew Gerstle is a leading scholar in the English-speaking world on Japanese traditional drama. He specializes particularly in the work of Chikamatsu Monzaemon and the kabuki and jôruri (puppet theatre) traditions of Kamigata (i.e. Kyoto and Osaka).

He is Professor of Japanese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Selected Publications


  • (with T. Clark and A. Yano) Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830. London: British Museum Press, 2005.
  • Chikamatsu: Five Late Plays. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Culture of Play: Kabuki and the Production of Texts", SOAS Bulletin, vol.66 (3), 2003: 358-379.
  • "Representing Rivalry and Transition in Kabuki: Arashi Kichisaburo II versus Nakamura Utaemon III", Andon, vol. 72 (73), 2002: 52-64.
  • "Capturing the Essence of Performance", Asian Art. (Special Supplement, The Art of Kabuki), 2001, vi-vii.
  • "Japanese Traditional Theatre in the World", Pacific Friend, vol. 29, 2001: 26-27.
  • "Performance Literature: Japanese Theatre as a Model", Comparative Criticism, 22, 2000: 39-62.
  • "Heroic Honor: Chikamatsu and the Samurai Ideal", Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 57, 2, 1997: 307-381.
  • "Hero as Murderer in Chikamatsu", Monumenta Nipponica, 51 No.3, 1996: 317-356.