Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan
Jennifer Robertson (Author)
DescriptionThe 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.
University of California Press
July 21, 1998
6.1 X 0.72 X 8.98 inches | 1.08 pounds
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About the Author
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).