Asian Heritage Month Lecture: "Gender and Onnagata in the Kabuki Theater"
Asian and Native American Center
Date (Start and End):
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
E156 Student Union
Dr. Maki Isaka, Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota, will discuss the history, background and special characteristics of Kabuki, mainly onnagata (female impersonator) where a male plays a female role. Female impersonation has been an important aspect of the kabuki dramaturgy since the seventeenth century to date. The lecture examines how this theatrical gender impersonation has shaped both the concept of femininity and the economy of gender construction in Japan.