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Author Edelson, Loren.

Title Danjūrō's girls : women on the kabuki stage / Loren Edelson
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2009


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 264 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Contents Danjuro IX and the actress question -- The origins of the Ichikawa girl -- Kabuki troupe -- Name recognition -- Cypress stages -- Defining themselves -- The critics respond -- Life off stage -- Power struggle -- The final years -- Coda: Kabuki as invented tradition
Summary Danjuro's Girls is a fascinating history of Japan's female kabuki troupes, offering a penetrating investigation into three generations of kabuki actresses associated with the renowned Ichikawa Danjuro acting dynasty. Contextually grounding early female precedents in kabuki, the book focuses on the Ichikawa Girls' Kabuki Troupe, a unique and trailblazing company founded after Japan's defeat in World War II. The troupe became a national sensation in the 1950s, briefly becoming part of the otherwise impenetrable all-male kabuki establishment. Drawing on numerous interviews, as well as written and
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-251) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ichikawa, Danjūrō, 1660-1704.
Ichikawa, Danjūrō, 1660-1704
Kabuki -- History
Actresses -- Japan -- Biography
Acting techniques.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
Performing Arts.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230618589