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Places for Happiness: Community, Self, and Performance in the Philippines by William Peterson (review)

Places for Happiness: Community, Self, and Performance in the Philippines by William Peterson... 506 Book Reviews also been more extensively studied, compared, edited, and published in book form than those of any other kabuki play” (p. 235). Satoko Shimazaki’s study expands the boundaries of studies on kabuki and Japan’s early modern period in general. It is important to keep in mind the point that she makes early on: “When we approach a kabuki play uncritically as a fixed text that can be consumed in accordance with our familiar relationship to the written word, we lose sight of the intangible, fluid aspect that was essential to the constitution of its meaning” (p. 9). The book goes far in putting the focus back on what is fluid about Edo kabuki. The scholarly foundations of the analysis are supported by numerous meticulously reproduced illustrations from institutions and private collections—an enormously valuable element of the book. Step by step, in a writing style that is clear and accessible, Shimazaki builds her case. The rigor of Edo Kabuki in Transition challenges scholarly complacency and opens many pathways for further study. Barbara E. Thornbury Temple University PLACES FOR HAPPINESS: COMMUNITY, SELF, AND PERFORMANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES. By William Peterson. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. Cloth, $59. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Places for Happiness: Community, Self, and Performance in the Philippines by William Peterson (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 34 (2) – Aug 14, 2017

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

506 Book Reviews also been more extensively studied, compared, edited, and published in book form than those of any other kabuki play” (p. 235). Satoko Shimazaki’s study expands the boundaries of studies on kabuki and Japan’s early modern period in general. It is important to keep in mind the point that she makes early on: “When we approach a kabuki play uncritically as a fixed text that can be consumed in accordance with our familiar relationship to the written word, we lose sight of the intangible, fluid aspect that was essential to the constitution of its meaning” (p. 9). The book goes far in putting the focus back on what is fluid about Edo kabuki. The scholarly foundations of the analysis are supported by numerous meticulously reproduced illustrations from institutions and private collections—an enormously valuable element of the book. Step by step, in a writing style that is clear and accessible, Shimazaki builds her case. The rigor of Edo Kabuki in Transition challenges scholarly complacency and opens many pathways for further study. Barbara E. Thornbury Temple University PLACES FOR HAPPINESS: COMMUNITY, SELF, AND PERFORMANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES. By William Peterson. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. Cloth, $59.

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 14, 2017

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