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Goze: Women, Musical Performance, and Visual Disability in Traditional Japan

Gerald Groemer

Abstract

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. This s ... More

Keywords: Goze, female musicians, Japanese music, visual disabilities, Echigo, Edo period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190259037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190259037.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald Groemer, author
Professor, University of Yamanashi