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Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Asian Studies

Reader 1

Bruce Coats

Reader 2

Samuel Yamashita

Reader 3

Lynne Miyake

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This thesis aims to examine the ways in which women are used as vehicles within the noh and kabuki theatre traditions to perpetuate moral and religious doctrine. Using the theoretical frameworks of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Jill Dolan, I examine two plays which feature a female demon as their antagonist, Momijigari and Dojoji, and focus on the ways they incorporate Buddhist and Neo-Confucian ideology in their respective noh and kabuki renditions.