Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

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Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe
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Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe
Author Frederik L. Schodt
Language English
Genre Non-Fiction
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
Publication date
November 2012
Pages 336 pp
ISBN 978-1-61172-009-9

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe is a 2012 book written by Frederik L. Schodt, author of Dreamland Japan and Manga! Manga!, and published by Stone Bridge Press. It traces the history of American acrobat and impresario "Professor" Risley (Richard Risley Carlisle) and his attempts in the 19th century at bringing the West its first glimpse of Japanese popular entertainment. The Risley act is also named after Professor Risley.[1]

Table of contents[edit]

  • Setting the Stage
  • The Risley Act
  • Going for Gold
  • Into Asia
  • Yokohama, Japan
  • Taking America
  • At the Exposition
  • The Long Way to London
  • The Matter of the Contract
  • Final Acts

Reception[edit]

After the book's release in 2012, it gained favorable reviews in the press. Kris Kosaka of The Japan Times said, "Schodt takes us all around the world of 19th-century entertainment: the competition, the disdain, the copycats and the triumphs. It's a captivating story about a pioneer in international entertainment."[2] And the Midwest Book Review said it is "an intriguing look at international relations, culture, the circus, and its effects on the modern day," and "a must for anyone seeking an original and offbeat take on history".[3]

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