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Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan

Jennifer Robertson


The all-female Takarazuka Revue is world-famous today for its rococo musical productions, including gender-bending love stories, torridly romantic liaisons in foreign settings, and fanatically devoted fans. But that is only a small part of its complicated and complicit performance history. This historically grounded analysis draws from over a decade of fieldwork and archival research to explore how the Revue illuminates discourses of sexual politics, nationalism, imperialism, and popular culture in twentieth-century Japan. The Revue was founded in 1913 as a novel counterpart to the all-male Ka ... More

Keywords: Takarazuka Revue, love stories, romantic liaisons, sexual politics, nationalism, imperialism, popular culture, twentieth-century Japan, Kabuki theater, Japanese

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520211506
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Robertson, author

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