Performing Arts

Performing Arts 2015-16: Guest Lecturers

James Rhys Edwards received his doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. His dissertation, entitled "Between Two Worlds: A Social History of Okinawan Musical Drama," tracks sociopolitical and cultural transformations in the Ryūkyū Islands between the seventeenth century and World War II, with a special focus on the development of commercial theater between 1879 and 1926. He has also carried out research in mainland Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore, leading to publications in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, Ethnomusicology Review, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, and the forthcoming edited volume Current Directions in Ecomusicology. His interests include philosophical materialism and critical theory, political economy and ecology, historical ethnomusicology, and the intersection between traditional and experimental musical cultures.

Carolyn Morley was a student of Mansaku Nomura in the early 1980s. She graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in early Japanese literature and theater under Donald Keene. Her publications include Transformations, Miracles, and Mischief: the Mountain Priest Plays of Kyōgen, among others. She has been teaching at Wellesley College since 1988 and is currently in the Theater Studies Program.

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