Printer Friendly

Gender gymnastics; performing and consuming Japan's Takarazuka revue.

9781876843519

Gender gymnastics; performing and consuming Japan's Takarazuka revue.

Stickland, Leonie R.

Trans Pacific Press

2008

281 pages

$34.95

Paperback

Modernity and identity in Asia series

PN2924

Stickland knows the Takarazuka Revue from the inside, having spent several years as their English translator and even more as a fan of this Japanese institution. The Takarazuka is made of girls and young women who perform various musical stories. Some women take the part of men, an idealized image often at variance with the men the female fans of this group have contact with in their own lives. Stickland explores the idea of gender within the members of Takarazuka on stage and off along with the ways in which the largely female audience interpret and fantasize about the actresses. Using the small world of the Takarazuka, Strickland examines the larger concepts of gender identity in Japanese society and how the Takarazuka both affirms and subverts the traditional role of women. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

([c]2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

COPYRIGHT 2009 Book News, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2009
Words:172
Previous Article:Technocrime; technology, crime and social control.
Next Article:Poverty and social welfare in Japan.
Topics:


Related Articles
Construction Minister Ogi only NCP member in cabinet.
Japan's all-female Takarazuka troupe set to perform in China.
Hankyu opposed to listing of Takarazuka Revue.
FEATURE: Takarazuka troupe give performance of 'The Rose of Versailles'.
Japan's quirky would-be first lady.
Wife of DPJ chief says 'alien' nickname shows he is politics outsider.
PROFILE: Mrs. Hatoyama the most colorful first lady Japan has produced.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters