C. Andrew Gerstle is Professor of Japanese Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Publications include Kabuki Heroes and the Osaka Stage: 1780-1830 (2005), Chikamatsu: Five Late Plays (2001), Theatre as Music: the Bunraku Play ‘Mt. Imo and Mt. Se (1990, co-authored), Eighteenth Century Japan (1989, ed.), and Circles of Fantasy: Convention in the Plays of Chikamatsu (1986).