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Rakugo : performing comedy and cultural heritage in contemporary Tokyo /

by Brau, Lorie.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008Description: xv, 257 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780739122457 (cloth : alk. paper); 0739122452 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780739122464 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0739122460 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Rakugo -- Japan -- Tokyo -- 21st century -- History and criticism | Rakugo -- Japan -- Tokyo -- 20th century -- History and criticismOnline Resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
Ethnographer as Mummy-Hunter -- A Night at the Yose -- What Makes Rakugo Rakugo? -- Wits, Outlaws, Flatterers, and Antiquarians: Hanashika Heritage -- Rehearsing Tradition: Zenza Apprenticeship and the Hanashika Career -- Rakugo in Traditional and Alternative Performance Contexts -- Making a Hit with Classical Rakugo -- Rakugo Audiences and Fans -- Conclusion: Tokyo Rakugo and Heritage
Review: "An introduction to the theatrical art of comic storytelling that originated in the Edo period, Rakugo sheds light on Japanese culture as a whole: its aesthetics, social relations, and learning styles. Enriched with personal anecdotes, Rakugo explicates the art's contemporary performance culture: the image, training, and techniques of the storytellers; the venues where they perform; and the role of the audience in sustaining the art. Lorie Brau inquires into how this comic art form participates in the discourse of heritage, serving as a symbol of the Edo culture, while continuing to appeal to Japanese today. Rakugo is an accessible book appropriate for all levels of students, and will be of great use to scholars of Asian studies and performing arts."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-244) and index

1. Ethnographer as Mummy-Hunter -- 2. A Night at the Yose -- 3. What Makes Rakugo Rakugo? -- 4. Wits, Outlaws, Flatterers, and Antiquarians: Hanashika Heritage -- 5. Rehearsing Tradition: Zenza Apprenticeship and the Hanashika Career -- 6. Rakugo in Traditional and Alternative Performance Contexts -- 7. Making a Hit with Classical Rakugo -- 8. Rakugo Audiences and Fans -- Conclusion: Tokyo Rakugo and Heritage

"An introduction to the theatrical art of comic storytelling that originated in the Edo period, Rakugo sheds light on Japanese culture as a whole: its aesthetics, social relations, and learning styles. Enriched with personal anecdotes, Rakugo explicates the art's contemporary performance culture: the image, training, and techniques of the storytellers; the venues where they perform; and the role of the audience in sustaining the art. Lorie Brau inquires into how this comic art form participates in the discourse of heritage, serving as a symbol of the Edo culture, while continuing to appeal to Japanese today. Rakugo is an accessible book appropriate for all levels of students, and will be of great use to scholars of Asian studies and performing arts."--BOOK JACKET.

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