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Butterfly's sisters : the Geisha in western culture

Author: Yoko Kawaguchi
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women--and geishas in particular--from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to embody certain ideas about feminine sexuality, and she analyses how these ideas have been expressed in diverse art forms, ranging from fiction and opera to the visual arts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yoko Kawaguchi
ISBN: 9780300115215 0300115210
OCLC Number: 150348454
Description: x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Were they or weren't they?: Geishas and early Western perceptions of the morality of Japanese women --
Geishas as artefact: artifice, ideal beauty and the natural woman --
Madam Butterfly's antecedents: the women of the ports and Japanese 'wives' --
Hara-Kiri!: Sadayakko and Madame Hanako on the Western stage --
From foe to friend: geishas in Anglo-American popular culture before and after the Second World War --
Bunny-boiler or like a virgin: images of the geisha in late twentieth-century America.
Responsibility: Yoko Kawaguchi.

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Explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women - and geishas in particular - from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. This title argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to  Read more...

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Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. -- Choice Outstanding Academic Title * Choice * "An outstanding book...Kawaguchi has written Read more...

 
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