Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe is a 2012 nonfiction 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]

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe
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Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe
AuthorFrederik L. Schodt
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction
PublisherStone Bridge Press
Publication date
November 2012
Pages336 pp
ISBN978-1-61172-009-9

Table of contentsEdit

  • 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

ReceptionEdit

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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