Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl.

Author: Arthur Golden

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 0099282852

Category: Geishas

Page: 498

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This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degredation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life. It conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of the geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimonok, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.
Categories: Geishas

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

"Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition.

Author: Arthur Golden


ISBN: 0770429963

Category: Geishas

Page: 502

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"Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition.
Categories: Geishas

Memoirs of a Geisha Mti Lib

Memoirs of a Geisha  Mti   Lib

The novel has been a beloved bestseller all over the world and is now set to become the major movie event of the year.

Author: Arthur Golden

Publisher: Topeka Bindery

ISBN: 1417783990

Category: Fiction


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Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut (Newsweek), Memoirs of a Geisha is now released in a movie tie-in edition.
Categories: Fiction

The Courtesan s Arts

The Courtesan s Arts

only way Kodaka expressed any criticism was by burning a copy of the novel when she married . ... 1949 ) , the model and source for the best - selling American novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden ( 1997 ) , claimed “ although ...

Author: Martha Feldman

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0195170296

Category: History

Page: 396

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Courtesans, hetaeras, tawaif-s, ji-s--these women have exchanged artistic graces, elevated conversation, and sexual favors with male patrons throughout history and around the world. In Ming dynasty China and early modern Italy, exchange was made through poetry, speech, and music; in pre-colonial India through magic, music, chemistry, and other arts. Yet like the art of courtesanry itself, those arts have often thrived outside present-day canons and modes of transmission, and have mostly vanished without trace.The Courtesan's Arts delves into this hidden legacy, while touching on its equivocal relationship to geisha. At once interdisciplinary, empirical, and theoretical, the book is the first to ask how arts have figured in the survival or demise of courtesan cultures by juxtaposing research from different fields. Among cases studied by writers on classics, ethnomusicology, anthropology, and various histories of art, music, literature, and political culture are Ming dynasty China, twentieth-century Korea, Edo and modern Japan, ancient Greece, early modern Italy, and India, past and present. Refusing a universal model, the authors nevertheless share a perception that courtesans hover in the crevices of space, time, and practice--between gifts and money, courts and cities, subtlety and flamboyance, feminine allure and masculine power, as wifely surrogates but keepers of culture. What most binds them to their arts in our post-industrialized world of global services and commodities, they find, is courtesans' fragility, as their cultures, once vital to civilizations founded in leisure and pleasure, are now largely forgotten, transforming courtesans into national icons or historical curiosities, or reducing them to prostitution.
Categories: History

The Chinese Exotic

The Chinese Exotic

... odd to begin a chapter on diasporic Chinese autobiographies and fiction by women with a novel written by a white American man about the life of a Japanese geisha , it is possible to see the immense popularity of Memoirs of a Geisha ...

Author: Olivia Khoo

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622098797

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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With great sensitivity and originality, Olivia Khoo shows us how to read popular films, female movie stars, quotidian cultural artifacts, novels, and other 'Chinese exotic'phenomena in contemporary global circulation."--Rey Chow, Brown UniversityOlivia Khoo is a lecturer in film studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Categories: Social Science

Asian American Fiction History and Life Writing

Asian American Fiction  History and Life Writing

Both book (1997) and film (2005) served up a mixture oftantalising eroticism and exoticism, culminating in the account of the apprentice geisha Sayuri's mizuage, or ritual deflowering, by one of her patrons. Memoirs of a Geisha has been ...

Author: Helena Grice

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136604850

Category: History

Page: 166

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The last ten years have witnessed an enormous growth in American interest in Asia and Asian/American history. In particular, a set of key Asian historical moments have recently become the subject of intense American cultural scrutiny, namely China’s Cultural Revolution and its aftermath; the Korean American war and its legacy; the era of Japanese geisha culture and its subsequent decline; and China’s one-child policy and the rise of transracial, international adoption in its wake. Grice examines and accounts for this cultural and literary preoccupation, exploring the corresponding historical-political situations that have both circumscribed and enabled greater cultural and political contact between Asia and America.
Categories: History

The Gei of Geisha Music Identity and Meaning

 The Gei of Geisha  Music  Identity and Meaning

(Larson 1973, 5) While the above statement was published almost thirty years ago, Arthur Golden's tremendously popular novel Memoirs of a Geisha (1997) and the film that followed indicate that geisha tales are as popular as ever.

Author: KellyM. Foreman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351544085

Category: Music

Page: 158

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The Japanese geisha is an international icon, known almost universally as a symbol of traditional Japan. Numerous books exist on the topic, yet this is the first to focus on the 'gei' of geisha - the art that constitutes their title (gei translates as fine art, sha refers to person). Kelly M. Foreman brings together ethnomusicological field research, including studying and performing the shamisen among geisha in Tokyo, with historical research. The book elaborates how musical art is an essential part of the identity of the Japanese geisha rather than a secondary feature, and locates current practice within a tradition of two and half centuries. The book opens by deconstructing the idea of 'geisha' as it functions in Western societies in order to understand why gei has been, and continues to be, neglected in geisha studies. Subsequent chapters detail the myriad musical genres and traditions with which geisha have been involved during their artistic history, as well as their position within the traditional arts society. Considering the current situation more closely, the final chapters explore actual dedication to art today by geisha, and analyse how they create impromptu performances at evening banquets. An important issue here is geisha-patron artistic collaboration, which leads to consideration of what Foreman argues to be the unique and essential nexus of identity, eroticism and aesthetics within the geisha world.
Categories: Music

Decoding International Law

Decoding International Law

F. Structure of Narrative Tension and Memoirs as a Genre The author's ambivalence towards the geisha, whom he represents in the novel as both artisan and courtesan, reflects a cultural dialectic that has its roots in the history of ...

Author: Susan Tiefenbrun

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195385779

Category: Law

Page: 576

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Violations of international law and human rights laws are the plague of the 20th and 21st centuries. People's inhumanity to people escalates as wars proliferate and respect for human rights and the laws of war diminish. Decoding International Law analyses international law as represented artfully in the humanities.
Categories: Law

After Orientalism

After Orientalism

A further example of the discourse highlighting Japan's sexual otherness is Arthur Golden's best-seller Memoirs of a Geisha, ... art and history) and the assistance he received in writing the book from Japan anthropologist Liza Dalby, ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004333468

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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How does Edward Said’s Orientalism speak to us today? What relevance did and does it have politically and intellectually? How and in what modes does Orientalism engage with new, intersecting fields of inquiry? At the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Orientalism these questions shape the essays collected in the present volume. The “after” of the title does not only guide the contributions in a look on past discussions, but specifically points at future research as well. Orientalism’s critical entanglements are thus connected to productive looks; these productive looks make us read differently, but only after we recognize our struggle with the dominant notions that we live by, that divide and unite us. More specifically, this volume addresses three fields of research enabling productive looks: visual culture; the body, sexuality and the performative; and national identities, modernity and gender. All articles, weaving delicate, new analytical and theoretical textures, maintain vital links with at least two of the fields mentioned. Orientalism’s role as a cultural catalyst is gauged in the analysis of materials such as Iranian film, 16th and 17th century Venetian representations of “the Turk,” Barthes’ take on Japanese culture, modern Arab travel narratives, Palestinian popular culture, photography on and of the Maghreb, Japanese queer and gay culture, the 19th century Illustrated London News, theories on migration and exile, postcolonial cinema, and Hanan al-Shaykh’s and Mai Ghoussoub’s writing on civil war in Lebanon. Authors include: Karina Eileraas, Belgin Turan Özkaya, Joshua Paul Dale, John Potvin, Mark McLelland, Tina Sherwell, Nasrin Rahimieh, Stephen Morton, Anastasia Vallasopoulos, Suha Kudsieh and Kate McInturff.
Categories: Political Science

Romancing the East

Romancing the East

James Clavell included geisha in Shogun in 1975, selling fifteen million copies of the book, and turned it into a ... writer had made the novel the geisha's own; men may have been why geisha existed, but in Memoirs of a Geisha they had ...

Author: Jerry Hopkins

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462911875

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Profiling individual, legendary authors, best-selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a unique perspective on the impact of Eastern culture in Western literature. From the time of Marco Polo's trek across the Central Asian desert to the empire of the mighty Kahn, no other place on earth, not the languid South Pacific or even deepest, darkest Africa has so challenged and enchanted the Western imagination as have the fabled lands of the East! However soaked in blood its history and no matter how unsettling its social conditions and poverty, Asia has never lost its irresistible attraction or mystic. It has long been an inspiration for Western novelists, so much so that more than 5000 novels have been set in Asia in the English language alone. Storied names like Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Pearl S. Buck, George Orwell, Graham Greene, E.M. Forster and many more have used their experiences in Asia as a vibrant backdrop for some of the world's most famous works of literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism