Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830
C. Andrew GerstleISBN: 0824823923;
Book Description Kabuki Heroes is about collective participation in urban culture?on the stage, in poetry salons, in art studios, and in fan clubs. Focusing on the culture of Kabuki theater in Osaka and Kyoto, the book illustrates the passionate hero worship of actors by all levels of society. Fans vigorously engaged in the creation of celebrity and fame for their idols, and thereby won their own moments of glory and glamour in the spotlight. Many of these participants are represented here?most of them ordinary townspeople, but also a few samurai and courtiers. This interactive nature of Kabuki culture is particularly intriguing: the actors themselves not only appeared on stage, but involved themselves in other cultural circles such as poetry salons, Kabuki fan clubs, as well as performing formal rituals at the theater. Individual fans became amateur performers, while others created lavish color prints and books to support favorite actors and spread their fame. This...
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