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From Jokun to Onnagata: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Cultivation of Femininity during the Edo Period.

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Title:From Jokun to Onnagata: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Cultivation of Femininity during the Edo Period.
Authors:D'Almeida, Monique A.
Contributors:Art History (department)
Keywords:Edo period
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Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:As the portrayal of women in Japanese woodblock prints produced during Japan’s Edo
period (1603–1868) remains an understudied area, the objective of this thesis is to contribute to
the understanding of the idealized female image. My research investigates how the idealized
female image was established, cultivated, and circulated during the latter half of the Edo period.
Throughout this thesis, focus will be given to the feminine idealized image, specifically the
prescriptive ideals found in bijin-ga (prints of beautiful women) and the descriptive ideals
expressed in yakusha-e (actor prints) of onnagata, male actors who portray female roles in
Kabuki theater. Utilization of primary sources in the shape of prints and literature along with
theories on gender performativity identifies how artists portrayed the feminine ideal. By
conceptualizing bijin-ga and yakusha-e prints within its sociocultural context, there is evidence
to suggest that Edo period woodblock prints contributed to the construction and circulation of
idealized female imagery.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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