Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo by Lorie BrauRakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo by Lorie Brau

Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo

byLorie Brau

Paperback | February 15, 2008

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An introduction to the theatrical art of comic storytelling that originated in the Edo period, Rakugo sheds light on Japanese culture as a whole: its aesthetics, social relations, and learning styles. Enriched with personal anecdotes, Rakugo explicates the art's contemporary performance culture: the image, training and techniques of the storytellers, the venues where they perform, and the role of the audience in sustaining the art. Laurie Brau inquires into how this comic art form participates in the discourse of heritage, serving as a symbol of the Edo culture, while continuing to appeal to Japanese today. Written in an accessible manner, this book is appropriate for all levels of student or researcher.
Lorie Brau is assistant professor of Japanese in the department of foreign languages and literatures at the University of New Mexico.
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Title:Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary TokyoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9.04 × 6.09 × 0.67 inPublished:February 15, 2008Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739122460

ISBN - 13:9780739122464

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter I: Ethnographer as Mummy Hunter Chapter 3 Chapter II: A Night at the Yose Chapter 4 Chapter III: What Makes Rakugo Rakugo? Chapter 5 Chapter IV: Wits, Outlaws, Flatterers, and Antiquarians: Hanashika Heritage Chapter 6 Chapter V: Rehearsing Tradition: Zenza Apprenticeship and the Hanashika Career Chapter 7 Chapter VI: Producing Rakugo: Traditional and Alternative Performance Contexts Chapter 8 Chapter VII: Making a Hit with Classical Rakugo Chapter 9 Chapter VIII: Rakugo Audiences and Fans Chapter 10 Conclusion: Tokyo Rakugo and Heritage

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The reader is able to get a very clear idea of what it is like to go to a rakugo performance without being there.It contains an index and a glossary of selected terms which is particularly useful to anyone interested in building a solid foundation of knowledge for further research on the topic.Brau's book will be interesting and useful for several kinds of readers.