America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts (häftad)
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The University of Michigan Press
15 black & white illustrations
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America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts (häftad)

America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts

Cultural Mobility and Exchange in New York, 1952-2011

Häftad Engelska, 2016-06-30


America's Japan and Japan's Performing Arts studies the images andmyths that have shaped the reception of Japan-related theater, music,and dance in the United States since the 1950s. Soon after World WarII, visits by Japanese performing artists to the United States emergedas a significant category of American cultural-exchange initiativesaimed at helping establish and build friendly ties with Japan. BarbaraE. Thornbury explores how "Japan" and "Japanese culture" have beenconstructed, reconstructed, and transformed in response to the hundredsof productions that have taken place over the past sixty years in NewYork, the main entry point and defining cultural nexus in the UnitedStates for the global touring market in the performing arts. The author'stransdisciplinary approach makes the book appealing to those in theperforming arts studies, Japanese studies, and cultural studies.
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"Makes a statement about North American's myopic view of the worldand how influential arts presenters in New York City have fostered it.Thornbury proves that through programming and marketing decisions,American presenters have had much influence on a North Americanperception that labels `real' Japanese culture as exotic, mysterious, andvery much `other.'" - Choice

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Barbara E. Thornbury is Associate Professor of Japanese at TempleUniversity and author of The Folk Performing Arts: Traditional Culturein Contemporary Japan and Sukeroku's Double Identity: The DramaticStructure of Edo Kabuki.