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Author Groemer, Gerald, 1957- author

Title Goze : women, musical performance, and visual disability in traditional Japan / Gerald Groemer
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
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Contents Introduction. Approaching the Goze -- The production of visual disability -- The development of Echigo Goze associations -- Learning the Goze art and way of life -- Touring and performing in Echigo : Goze and their audiences -- Endings : coerced liberation -- After the end : Goze songs in the postwar era
Summary Goze were Japanese female musicians with visual disabilities. The origins of goze can be traced to the medieval era, but it took until the Edo period (1600-1868) for goze to form guildlike occupational associations and create an identifiable musical repertory. From this time onward countless goze toured the Japanese countryside as professional singers and contributed immeasurably to rural musical culture. The best-documented goze lived in Echigo province in the Japanese northwest. This book recounts the history of goze and examines their way of life, their institutions, and their songs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Folk music -- Japan -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190259051 (electronic bk)
9780190259051 (electronic bk)