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Revue as a Liminal Theatre Genre

  • This thesis discusses revue as a significantly inter-cultural genre in the history of global theatre. During the ‘modernisation’ period in Europe, America and Japan, most major urban cities experienced a boom in revue venues and performances. Few studies about revue have yet been done in theatre studies or in urban cultural studies. My thesis will attempt to reevaluate and redefine revue as a highly intercultural theatre genre by using the concept of liminality. In other words, the aim is to examine revue as a genre built on ‘modern composition of betweenness’, bridging seemingly opposing elements, such as the foreign and the domestic, the classic and the innovative, the traditional and the modern, the professional and the amateur, high and low culture, and the feminine and the masculine. The goal is to regard revue as a liminal genre constructed amidst the negotiations between these binaries, existing in a state of constant flux. The purpose of this approach is to capture revue as a transitory phenomena in five dimensions: conceptual, spatial, temporal, categorical and physical. Over the course of six chapters, this inter-disciplinary discussion will reveal the reasons why and the ways by which revue came to establish its prominent position in the Japanese theatre industry. The whole structure is also an attempt to provide plausible ways to apply sociological considerations to theatre studies.

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Author:Makiko Yamanashi
Subtitle (English):a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to contexts and characteristics of revues in transitional modern times
Referee:Andreas Regelsberger
Advisor:Andreas Regelsberger
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of completion:2019/09/25
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Granting institution:Universität Trier, Fachbereich 2
Date of final exam:2019/02/15
Release Date:2019/10/11
Tag:Japanology; Modernity; Revue; Theatre
GND Keyword:Japan; Revuetheater
Number of pages:213
Institutes:Fachbereich 2
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY: Creative-Commons-Lizenz 4.0 International

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