Performing Empire

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:
Performing Empire

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This chapter discusses the general pattern of Takarazuka–state relations during the wartime years (1931–45), and examines the role of the montage-like Revue theater in dramatizing and aestheticizing Japanese imperial ideology, including the practice of assimilation. It reviews intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationalism on and off the Revue stage, together with the specific Japanese orientalism informing both the imperialist project and the formation of an ambivalent national cultural identity. In this connection, the chapter draws analogies between cross-dressing and “cross-ethnicking,” both of which are at once strategies of containment and transgression.

Keywords: Takarazuka–state relations; Japanese imperial ideology; assimilation; Japanese orientalism; cross-dressing

Chapter.  17017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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