Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
By (author) Jennifer Robertson
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Takarazuka by Jennifer Robertson
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520211513
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 8-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jennifer Robertson
Companion to the Anthropology of Japan, Paperback (February 2008)
A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan is an unprecedented collection of original essays by some of the field's most distinguished scholars of Japan which, taken together, offer a comprehensive overview of the field.
Same-sex Cultures and Sexualities, Hardback (July 2004)
Demonstrates the centrality of sex, gender, and sexuality to theories of human behaviors and practices. This title presents a broader view of the significance of studying same-sex cultures and sexualities across cultures.
Native and Newcomer, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by Jennifer Robertson
This ethnography examines the manner in which native and immigrant citizens of Kodaira, a Tokyo suburb, have restructured the past and imagined the future of their city in a quest for an "authentic" Japanese community.
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Author Biography - Jennifer Robertson
Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and author of Native and Newcomer: Making and Remaking a Japanese City (California, 1991).
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