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Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater - William T. Vollmann
Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater
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“Intrepid journalist and novelist William T. Vollman’s colossal body of work stands unsurpassed for its range, moral imperative, and artistry.”—Booklist William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central, offers a charming, evocative, and piercing examination of the... show more
“Intrepid journalist and novelist William T. Vollman’s colossal body of work stands unsurpassed for its range, moral imperative, and artistry.”—Booklist William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central, offers a charming, evocative, and piercing examination of the ancient Japanese tradition of Noh theatre and the keys it holds to our modern understanding of beauty.  Kissing the Mask is the first major book on Noh by an American writer since the 1916 publication the classic study Pisan Cantos and the Noh by Ezra Pound. But Kissing the Mask is pure Vollman—illustrated with photos by the author with provocative related side-discussions on femininity, transgender, kabuki, pornography, geishas, and more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780061228490 (0061228494)
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Leopard
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William T. Vollmann's Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement, and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater (2010) has the subtitle with thoughts on Muses, Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus Figurines ! This is a pretty clear ...
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I wasn't sure of the book at first because I'm getting tired of this jerking to Eastern ideology and culture (take that any way you'd like to), but I ended up really enjoying it.More than just a study of feminism in Japanese culture and in the lgbt community, it is a great study on the question "Wha...
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