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Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan : Theater, Gender and Nationalism - Ayako Kano

Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan

Theater, Gender and Nationalism

Paperback Published: 29th October 2001
ISBN: 9780312292911
Number Of Pages: 322

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Weaving together careful readings of plays and reviews, memoirs and interviews, biographies, and critical essays, "Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan" traces the emergence of the first generation of modern actresses in Japan, a nation in which male actors had long dominated the public stage. What emerges is a colorful and complex picture of modern Japanese gender, theater, and nationhood. Using the lives and careers of two dominant actresses from the Meiji and Taisho eras, Ayako Kano reveals the fantasies, fears, and impact that women on stage created in Japan as it entered the 20th century.

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'A sophisticated analysis of the relationship between the 'new theater, ' the 'new woman, ' the new nation, and the new empire in turn of the twentieth-century Japan, engagingly told through the stories of the two actresses who pioneered women (rather than men) playing women's roles on the Japanese stage. A meaningful and mesmerizing book.' - Carol Gluck, Columbia University

Setting the Stage
Acting Like a Woman
Modern Formations of Gender and Performance
Kawakami Sadayakko
Wifeing the Woman
Straightening the Theater
Reproducing the Empire
Matsui Sumako
A New Woman
A New Theater
Feminists and Femmes Fatales
Epilogue: Revealing the Real Body
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ISBN: 9780312292911
ISBN-10: 0312292910
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 29th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.49  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1