Stunning Males and Powerful Females: Gender and Tradition in East Javanese Dance (New Perspectives on Gender in Music) (Hardcover)
Christina Sunardi ventures into the regency of Malang in east Java to study and perform with dancers. Through formal interviews and casual conversation, Sunardi learns about their lives and art. Her work shows how performers continually transform dance traditions to negotiate, and renegotiate, the boundaries of gender and sex--sometimes reinforcing lines of demarcation, sometimes transgressing them, and sometimes doing both simultaneously. But Sunardi's investigation moves beyond performance. It expands notions of the spiritual power associated with female bodies and feminine behavior, and the ways women, men, and waria (male-to-female transvestites) access the magnetic power of femaleness.
About the Author
--Henry Spiller, author of Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java
"Engaging and fascinating to read, this book provides compelling evidence of the fluidity of gender and tradition while detailing dances previously only marginally known in ethnomusicological scholarship. True to the title, the book is both 'stunning' and 'powerful.'"--Ethnomusicology