Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan / Edition 1

Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan / Edition 1

by Jennifer Robertson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520211510

ISBN-13: 9780520211513

Pub. Date: 07/21/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

The all-female Takarazuka Revue, founded in 1913 as a novel counterpart to the all-male Kabuki theater, is world-famous today for its rococo musical productions, including gender-bending love stories, torridly romantic liaisons in foreign settings, and fanatically devoted fans. Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork and archival research, Jennifer Robertson explores…  See more details below

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The all-female Takarazuka Revue, founded in 1913 as a novel counterpart to the all-male Kabuki theater, is world-famous today for its rococo musical productions, including gender-bending love stories, torridly romantic liaisons in foreign settings, and fanatically devoted fans. Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork and archival research, Jennifer Robertson explores how the Revue illuminates sexual politics, nationalism, imperialism, modernity, and popular culture in twentieth-century Japan. By situating the Revue within its social, historical, and cultural contexts, she challenges both stereotypes of "the Japanese" and Eurocentric assumptions about gender performance and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211513
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/21/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Ambivalence and Popular Culture25
2Staging Androgyny47
3Performing Empire89
4Fan Pathology139
5Writing Fans177
Epilogue209
Notes217
Bibliography237
Index265

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