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Harvard East Asian Monographs 206

Tears of Longing

Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674012769

Publication Date: 09/01/2003


280 pages

7 halftones, 8 musical examples, 8 tables

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  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • List of Music Examples
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: The Cultural Logic of Enkas Imaginary
    • Collective Remembering, Collective Forgetting
    • Localizing the National Nationalizing the Local
    • Patterning Forms Through Kata
  • Chapter 2: Inventing Enka: Definitions, Genres, Pasts
    • Defining “Enka”
    • Metji Era (1868–1912)
    • Taishō Era (1912–1926)
    • Showa Era (1926–l1989)
    • Heisei Era (1989–present)
  • Chapter 3: Producing Enka: Lessons in Perseverance
    • The Enka Industry: Metaphors for the Nation
    • The Making of a Singer: Imaging the Imaginary
    • The Making of a Hit Song
  • Chapter 4: Enka on Stage: Patterning the Practices of Intimacy
    • Live Performances Creating a Display of Patterned Intimacy
    • Mediated Performances: Broadcasting Intimacy
  • Chapter 5: Clichés of Excess: Words, Music, Bodies, and Beyond
    • Textual Kata: A Modern Musical Recasting of Waka
    • Musical Kata: Aural Processes of the Past
    • Bodily Kata: Gendered Display
    • Beyond Kata: Cliché and Its Limits
  • Chapter 6: Consuming Enkas Imaginary: Listening, Singing, Doing
    • Enkas Appeal
    • Kōenkai and Fan Clubs
    • Karaoke
  • Chapter 7: Enka as Engendered Longing: Romance, Furusato, “Japan”
      Romancing the Nation
    • Longing for Furusato
    • “Japan”
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: Major Record Companies That Produce and Market Enka
  • Appendix B: Regular Mass Media Enka Programs in the Tokyo Area, 1992
  • Appendix C: Listing of Songs in the Corpus
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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