5.15PM - 6.15PM
Venue: Pathfoot building, University of Stirling
Dr Rosina Buckland, Senior Curator, East and Central Asia (Japanese Collections), National Museum of Scotland will speak on "Vicarious Defiance in Japanese Kabuki Theatre Prints."
In 19th-century Japan the prime entertainment was Kabuki theatre, a combination of drama, dance, music, and acrobatics. Its actors were promoted and celebrated by means of the affordable colour woodblock print. While it could not promote actual resistance to the military regime of the time, Dr Buckland will argue that it did nevertheless provide a means of expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo, and a space in which oppositional attitudes could be explored. The hero writ large on stage, whether masterless samurai, townsman, or rogue thief, provided a vicarious means for the common man to experience the thrill of defying his social superior, and subverting the power structure.
In this presentation, Dr Buckland will explore how print designs reveal the subtler ways in which Kabuki facilitated a means of resistance or defiance during the final years of the shogunal regime.
Guests are invited to join us for a drinks reception after the lecture, and then for a concert by the Edinburgh Quartet.
The lecture is part of the University of Stirling's Japanese Week and all events are open to staff, students and members of the public. Please see the website for details of other events.
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