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The Japan of pure invention : Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Author: Josephine D Lee
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2010.
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Long before Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, long before Barthes explicated his empire of signs, even before Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado presented its own distinctive version of Japan. Set in a fictional town called Titipu and populated by characters named Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and Pooh-Bah, the opera has remained popular since its premiere in 1885. Tracing the history of The  Read more...
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Lee, Josephine D.
Japan of pure invention.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010
(DLC) 2010002945
(OCoLC)496235700
Named Person: Arthur Sullivan
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Josephine D Lee
ISBN: 9780816673599 0816673594
OCLC Number: 646821646
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 248 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1885. My objects all sublime : racial performance and commodity culture --
"My artless Japanese way" : Japanese villages and absent coolies --
Magical objects and therapeutic yellowface --
938-39. "And others of his race" : blackface and yellowface --
Titipu comes to America : hot and cool Mikados --
Contemporary Mikados. "The threatened cloud": production and protest --
Asian American Mikados --
The Mikado in Japan.
Responsibility: Josephine Lee.

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Long before Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, long before Barthes explicated his empire of signs, even before Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado presented its own distinctive version of Japan. Set in a fictional town called Titipu and populated by characters named Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and Pooh-Bah, the opera has remained popular since its premiere in 1885. Tracing the history of The Mikado's performances from Victorian times to the present, Josephine Lee reveals the continuing viability of the play's surprisingly complex racial dynamics as they have been adapted.

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