Danjūrō’s Girls

Women on the Kabuki Stage

  • Authors
  • Loren Edelson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Loren Edelson
    Pages 1-13
  3. Loren Edelson
    Pages 15-36
  4. Loren Edelson
    Pages 55-70
  5. Loren Edelson
    Pages 71-91
  6. Loren Edelson
    Pages 93-109
  7. Loren Edelson
    Pages 111-128
  8. Loren Edelson
    Pages 129-144
  9. Loren Edelson
    Pages 145-162
  10. Loren Edelson
    Pages 163-181
  11. Loren Edelson
    Pages 183-190
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 191-264

About this book


Danjuro ' s Girls is a fascinating history of Japan's female kabuki troupes, offering a penetrating investigation into three generations of kabuki actresses associated with the renowned Ichikawa Danjuro acting dynasty. Contextually grounding early female precedents in kabuki, the book focuses on the Ichikawa Girls' Kabuki Troupe, a unique and trailblazing company founded after Japan's defeat in World War II. The troupe became a national sensation in the 1950s, briefly becoming part of the otherwise impenetrable all-male kabuki establishment. Drawing on numerous interviews, as well as written and visual primary sources, Danjuro ' s Girls challenges readers to re-examine conventional notions about gender, performance, and traditional Japanese theatre.


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