This is a creative thesis prepared for the Honors Program of Eastern Kentucky University. In this project an original libretto, the script to a opera, was drafted and translated into Japanese—romaji and full text translations are available. This story combines Japanese culture and history with Western Philosophy, provided by Machiavelli’s The Prince. Themes within the libretto consist of symbolism that represents the changing of the seasons and the changes in government. In addition to the libretto and its translation, there is an attached artist commentary and analysis section written to clarify cross-cultural themes and to provide further insight.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2014


Erik Liddell

Mentor Department Affiliation

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities