Performativity and Social Space: A Study of Three Yamada-ryū Koto Musicians in The Northeast of The U.S.

Ariel, Daniel.


  • Abstract: This thesis is an ethnographic project that aims to present the nuanced experiences of three women trained in the Yamada-ryū tradition for the Japanese koto, a thirteen-stringed zither. Predicated upon theories of performativity, cultural identity, and the construction of social space within a postmodern scheme, this project depicts these performers as women who have shaped the tradition ... read more
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