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Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination

W. Anthony Sheppard


Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination offers a detailed and wide-ranging documentation and investigation of the role of music in shaping American perceptions of the Japanese, the influence of Japanese music on American composers, and the place of Japanese Americans in American musical life. This book covers over 150 years of American musical history, from the first American encounters with the Japanese in the mid nineteenth-century to today, as it reveals the central role of music in American japonisme. Nearly every musical genre, media, and form is discussed, as paralle ... More

Keywords: Exoticism, American music, Japonisme, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, Madame Butterfly, propaganda, Japanese American music, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190072704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190072704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Anthony Sheppard, author
Marylin & Arthur Levitt Professor of Music, Williams College