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Butterfly's Sisters: The Geisha in Western Culture

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In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women—and geishas in particular—from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to embody certain ideas about feminine sexuality, and she analyzes how these ideas have been expressed in diverse art forms, ranging from fiction and opera to the visual arts and music videos. Among the many works Kawaguchi discusses are the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the opera Madama Butterfly, the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon, and the international best seller Memoirs of a Geisha. Butterflys Sisters also examines the impact on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance theory of the performance styles of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, both formerly geishas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300115215
Author:
Kawaguchi, Yoko
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Asian - Japanese
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
World History-Japan
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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