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The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning

Author: Kelly M Foreman
Publisher: Aldershot, England : Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Co., 2008.
Series: SOAS musicology series.
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"The Japanese geisha is an international icon, known almost universally as a symbol of traditional Japan. Numerous books exist on the topic, yet this is the first to focus on the 'gei' of geisha - the art that constitutes their title (gei translates as fine art, sha refers to person). Kelly M. Foreman brings together ethnomusicological field research, including studying and performing the shamisen among geisha in  Read more...
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Foreman, Kelly M.
Gei of geisha.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Company, ©2008
(OCoLC)654494767
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly M Foreman
ISBN: 9780754658573 0754658570
OCLC Number: 123539290
Description: xiv, 143 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Repertoire and training --
Geisha perfomances and how they are constructed --
Geisha and traditional arts society --
Entertainer vs. artist : patronage and the negotiation of identity --
Understanding geisha and gei : eroticism through ambiguity.
Series Title: SOAS musicology series.
Responsibility: Kelly M. Foreman.
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