Butterfly's Sisters: The Geisha in Western Culture by Yoko Kawaguchi

By Yoko Kawaguchi

During this interesting and wide-ranging booklet, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of jap women—and geishas in particular—from the mid-nineteenth century to the current day. She argues that during the West, jap ladies have come to include sure rules approximately female sexuality, and she or he analyzes how those principles were expressed in assorted paintings varieties, starting from fiction and opera to the visible arts and song video clips. among the works Kawaguchi discusses are the paintings feedback of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the opera Madama Butterfly, the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon, and the overseas top vendor Memoirs of a Geisha. Butterfly's Sisters additionally examines the impression on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance concept of the functionality kinds of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, either previously geishas.

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Refute popular prejudice; the speaker is defending poetry against the low esteem in which his father says it is currently held. 2. conception. 3. sloppy, slovenly. 10 The uses of poetry It nourisheth and instructeth our youth; delights our age; adorns our prosperity; comforts our adversity; entertains us at home; keeps us company abroad; travels with us; watches; divides the times of our earnest1 and sports; shares in our country recesses2 and recreations; insomuch as the wisest 26 ON POETRY and best learned have thought her the absolute mistress of manners, and nearest of kin to virtue.

Piece of improvisatory music. 6. concluding cadence. 7. 2. 7 Poetic frenzy The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy1 rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And, as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. 1595–6; pub. i)) 1. wild excitement. 8 Poetry a lasting monument Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these conténts1 Than unswept stone,2 besmeared with sluttish time.

10. Sir John Denham (1615–69) was praised by Dryden for the ‘majesty’ of his style, particularly in the topographical poem Cooper’s Hill (see 221); Edmund Waller (1606–87) was celebrated for the flowing elegance of his lyric and complimentary verse (see 185–7). 11. a mild and gentle wind. 12. in Homer’s Iliad (XII. 378–86), the mighty warrior Ajax crushes one of his opponents with a rock which is too heavy for anyone else even to lift. 13. the maiden-warrior who is one of Aeneas’ opponents in the latter part of Virgil’s Aeneid, and who, Virgil says, might have skimmed over a cornfield without even harming the ears of corn (Aeneid, VII.

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