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Rakugo, a popular form of comic storytelling, has played a major role in Japanese culture and society. Developed during the Edo (1600–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods, it is still popular today, with many contemporary Japanese comedians having originally trained as rakugo artists. Rakugo is divided into two distinct strands, the Tokyo tradition and the Osaka tradition, with the latter having previously been largely overlooked. This pioneering study of the Kamigata (Osaka) rakugo tradition presents the first complete English translation of five classic rakugo stories, and offers a history of comic storytelling in Kamigata (modern Kansai, Kinki) from the seventeenth century to the present day. Considering the art in terms of gender, literature, performance, and society, this volume grounds Kamigata rakugo in its distinct cultural context and sheds light on the 'other' rakugo for students and scholars of Japanese culture and history.Read more
- The first English monograph on Kamigata rakugo
- First English translation of complete rakugo stories
- Comprehensive study of Kamigata rakugo from the seventeenth century to the present day.
- Winner, Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art, Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation
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- Date Published: August 2021
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108831505
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 158 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.535kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Author's Preface: COVID-19 and Tenugui Face Masks
Part I. 1. Kamigata, Osaka
2. The History of Kamigata Rakugo
3. What Constitutes a Kamigata Rakugo Story?
4. Geidan: An Interview with Hayashiya Somemaru IV (1949–)
Part II. 6. Five Kamigata Rakugo Classics.
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