Takarazuka Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan

ISBN-10: 0520211510
ISBN-13: 9780520211513
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/21/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The all-female Takarazuka Revue is world-famous today for its rococo musical productions, including gender-bending love stories, torridly romantic liaisons in foreign settings, and fanatically devoted fans. But that is only a small part of its complicated and complicit performance history. In this sophisticated and historically grounded analysis, anthropologist Jennifer Robertson draws from over a decade of fieldwork and archival research to explore how the Revue illuminates discourses of sexual politics, nationalism, imperialism, and popular culture in twentieth-century Japan. The Revue was founded in 1913 as a novel counterpart to the all-male Kabuki theater. Tracing the contradictory meanings of Takarazuka productions over time, with special attention to the World War II period, Robertson illuminates the intricate web of relationships among managers, directors, actors, fans, and social critics, whose clashes and compromises textured the theater and the wider society in colorful and complex ways. Using Takarazuka as a key to understanding the "logic" of everyday life in Japan and placing the Revue squarely in its own social, historical, and cultural context, she challenges both the stereotypes of "the Japanese" and the Eurocentric notions of gender performance and sexuality.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ambivalence and Popular Culture
Staging Androgyny
Performing Empire
Fan Pathology
Writing Fans
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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