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- DescriptionThrough an extended reading of the h play Aoi ne Ue, as well as briefer examinations of several other plays, Theatricalities of Power sheds new light on the circulation of power and desire in the middle and late medieval periods in Japan. The author argues that, rather than simply mirroring the sociopolitical contexts in which they were performed, these plays constituted an active, productive force in the theater of the medieval cultural imaginary by engaging specific sociopolitical issues and problems. Neither reducing h to its theatrical conventions r abstracting its style and poetics from its performativity, the book reads h differently, opening the performance text to its historically specific contexts. It aims t merely to recount the history of h, but to investigate the history in h, to explore the indecision as to the limit between the performance text of h and its other. The author approaches h as a site of conflict framed by the mechanisms of patronage within which poetic, religious, political, and ecomic discourses are brought together in complex and invative ways. He brings to the fore the micropolitics of culture operative in h by ferreting out the power relations and tensions at play between h texts and their institutions of support and by opening h to extradramatic linkages with contemporaneous figurations of authority, change in legal codes, and sexual politics.
- Author BiographySteven T. Brown is Associate Professor of Japanese Medieval Literature, Popular Culture, and Critical Theory at the University of Oregon.
- Author(s)Steven T. Brown
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication02/01/2002
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight481 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
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