Staging Androgyny

Jennifer Robertson

in Takarazuka

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211506
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920125 | DOI:
Staging Androgyny

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This chapter focuses on androgyny, embodied differently by Edo-period Kabuki onnagata and modern Takarazuka otokoyaku, whose gender performances constitute a type of strategic ambivalence: that is, they create bodies capable of being read or understood in more than one way. This subject was inspired by the many early articles linking the establishment of the Takarazuka Revue to the problematic emergence in Japan of “androgynous” females, and the diagnosis in women of the newly coined affliction, “abnormal sexual desire.” The chapter analyzes at length the two basic ways in which androgyny has been rendered in Japanese either to stress sexuality or to bracket it.

Keywords: androgyny; Takarazuka otokoyaku; Kabuki onnagata; gender performances; strategic ambivalence; Takarazuka Revue; sexuality

Chapter.  14797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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