Performing Gender in Modern Japan: The Takarazuka Revue

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Denny and I am a rising senior at the College, majoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) with a concentration in Japanese language and culture.  I’ve been studying the Japanese language since I was fourteen, and as I’ve delved deeper into my cultural studies work here at William & Mary, I’ve been fortunate enough to have access to several courses that combined my interest in feminist scholarship with my love of pop culture. This summer research brings together those academic threads in what I hope will be a very challenging and rewarding final product, my honors thesis on the Takarazuka Revue (Takarazuka kagekidan).

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