Rakugo: performing comedy and cultural heritage in contemporary Tokyo

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Lexington Books, 2008 - Art - 257 pages
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Rakugo introduces the storytelling genre of Edo-style rakugo as performed around the turn of the twenty-first century, focusing on the performers' image, training, and techniques and the art's contexts and audiences. Brau argues that, while storytellers' goal of making a hit with audiences sustains the art's vitality, rakugo has come to represent something more than simply popular entertainment: it is also regarded as the cultural heritage to which some Japanese may turn in a nostalgic search for identity.

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Contents

Rakugo in Traditional and Alternative Performance Contexts
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Making a Hit with Classical Rakugo
185
Rakugo Audiences and Fans
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