The Resource The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning, Kelly M. Foreman

The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning, Kelly M. Foreman

Label
The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning
Title
The gei of geisha
Title remainder
music, identity and meaning
Statement of responsibility
Kelly M. Foreman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Japanese geisha is an international icon, known almost universally as a symbol of traditional Japan. Numerous books exist on the topic, yet this is the first to focus on the 'gei' of geisha - the art that constitutes their title (gei translates as fine art, sha refers to person). Kelly M. Foreman brings together ethnomusicological field research, including studying and performing the shamisen among geisha in Tokyo, with historical research. The book elaborates how musical art is an essential part of the identity of the Japanese geisha rather than a secondary feature, and locates current practice within a tradition of two and half centuries." "The book opens by deconstructing the idea of 'geisha' as it functions in Western societies in order to understand why gei has been, and continues to be, neglected in geisha studies. Subsequent chapters detail the myriad musical genres and traditions with which geisha have been involved during their artistic history, as well as their position within the traditional arts society. Considering the current situation more closely, the final chapters explore actual dedication to art today by geisha, and analyse how they create impromptu performances at evening banquets. An important issue here is geisha-patron artistic collaboration, which leads to consideration of what Foreman argues to be the unique and essential nexus of identity, eroticism and aesthetics within the geisha world."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foreman, Kelly M
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
ML340
LC item number
.F68 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
SOAS musicology series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Geishas
  • Music
  • Music
  • Geishas
  • Music
  • Music
  • Japan
  • Geisha
  • Musik
  • Kulturleben
  • Performance (Kunst)
  • Geisha
  • Ausbildung
  • Japan
  • Geisha
  • Musikalische Aufführungspraxis
  • Musik
  • Erotik
Label
The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning, Kelly M. Foreman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Repertoire and training -- Geisha perfomances and how they are constructed -- Geisha and traditional arts society -- Entertainer vs. artist : patronage and the negotiation of identity -- Understanding geisha and gei : eroticism through ambiguity
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 143 pages
Isbn
9780754658573
Lccn
2007014789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
Stock number
99969758997
System control number
  • (OCoLC)123539290
  • (OCoLC)ocn123539290
Label
The gei of geisha : music, identity and meaning, Kelly M. Foreman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Repertoire and training -- Geisha perfomances and how they are constructed -- Geisha and traditional arts society -- Entertainer vs. artist : patronage and the negotiation of identity -- Understanding geisha and gei : eroticism through ambiguity
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 143 pages
Isbn
9780754658573
Lccn
2007014789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
Stock number
99969758997
System control number
  • (OCoLC)123539290
  • (OCoLC)ocn123539290

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