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Onnagata : A Labyrinth of Gendering in Kabuki Theater (Hardcover) (Maki Isaka)

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Kabuki is well known for its exaggerated acting, flamboyant costumes and makeup, and unnatural storylines. Theonnagata, usually male actors who perform the roles of women, have been an important aspect of kabuki since its beginnings in the 17th century. In a "labyrinth" of gendering, the practice of men playing women’s roles has affected the manifestations of femininity in Japanese society. In this case study of how gender has been defined and redefined through the centuries, Maki Isaka examines how theonnagata’s theatrical gender "impersonation" has shaped the concept and mechanisms of femininity and gender construction in Japan. The implications of the study go well beyond disciplinary and geographic cloisters.

Number of Pages: 256
Genre: History, Performing Arts, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Gender Studies, Theater / History + Criticism, Asia / Japan
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Author: Maki Isaka
Language: English
Street Date: January 15, 2016
TCIN: 46766781
UPC: 9780295995106
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7879
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