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The difference of travesty between Takarazuka Revue and Yue Opera: Perspective on the way of life for female cross-dresser
female cross-dresser,Takarazuka Revue,Yue opera,male role performer,women-performed opera,
|Publication Year :||2019|
Takarazuka Revue and Yue opera are Japanese and Chinese women-performed opera, respectively, both established in the early 20th century. Yue opera is often called “Chinese Takarazuka” in Japan; this comparison is widely discussed among researchers. This dissertation tries to compare and analyze the “travesty” (the portrayal of a character by a performer of the opposite sex) in Takarazuka Revue and Yue opera from a new perspective.
Travesty occurs in both representative dramas, such as Oscar in the “The Rose of Versailles” and Zhu Yingtai in “Butterfly Lovers”. The difference is that in the Oscar in Takarazuka is performed by a male actor, while the Zhu Yingtai in Yue opera is performed by a female actor. The author believes that comparing and analyzing cross-dressers in both plays is an interesting topic of research. There are two main aspects to this topic: male role performers and female cross-dresser in the programs of these two women-performed operas. Such organization allows us to investigate the role of female to male cross-dressing in both types of women performed opera.
In Chapter 1 I examine the background of how these two women-performed operas were established and developed. It contains the founders’ idea, the reason why there are only female actors in these two operas.
Chapter 2 elucidates the the position and process of change of male role performers in these two women-performed operas through their most famous programs. Chapter 3, the main purpose of this dissertation, is to analyze the symbol of cross-dressing and the figure of female cross-dresser, Oscar and Zhu Yingtai. The two women are both cross-dressing in the programs, but in Takarazuka, Oscar is played by the male role performers. This is an interesting issue of gender to investigate.
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