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Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830
C. Andrew Gerstle (au); Timothy Clark (au); Akiko Yano (au)
Focusing on the culture of Kabuki theater in Osaka and Kyoto, this book illustrates the passionate hero worship of actors by all levels of society. This catalogue illustrates that in 18th- and 19th-century Osaka we can rediscover many elements in common with our own times. Just as now we worship celebrities at concerts, theaters and sports grounds, so too did the Kabuki fans celebrate their stage idols both in public and private. After the spread of new color-woodblock printing technology in the late 1760s, a golden age of popular Kabuki culture was promoted far and wide with beautifully colored prints and books. The fine examples brought together here evoke a fascinating period when theater, art and poetry were essential elements of social and cultural life.
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