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Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)

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In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a womans voice and a drum beat to make a man get up and dance. Every day, men there—be they students, pedicab drivers, civil servants, or businessmen—breach ordinary standards of decorum and succumb to the rhythm at village ceremonies, weddings, political rallies, and nightclubs. The music the men dance to varies from traditional gong ensembles to the contemporary pop known as dangdut, but they consistently dance with great enthusiasm. In Erotic Triangles, Henry Spiller draws on decades of ethnographic research to explore the reasons behind this phenomenon, arguing that Sundanese men use dance to explore and enact contradictions in their gender identities.

Framing the three crucial elements of Sundanese dance—the female entertainer, the drumming, and mens sense of freedom—as a triangle, Spiller connects them to a range of other theoretical perspectives, drawing on thinkers from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lévi-Strauss, and Freud to Euclid. By granting men permission to literally perform their masculinity, Spiller ultimately concludes, dance provides a crucial space for both reinforcing and resisting orthodox gender ideologies.

About the Author

Henry Spiller is associate professor of music at the University of California, Davis, and the author of Focus: Gamelan Music of Indonesia.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Discourses of Sundanese Dance

Chapter 2. Drumming and Power

Chapter 3. Ronggeng and Desire

Chapter 4. Dance Events and Freedom

Chapter 5. The Erotic Triangle of Sundanese Dance

Chapter 6. Triangulating Sundanese Dance

Notes

Reference List

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226769585
Author:
Spiller, Henry
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Masculinity in music.
Subject:
Dance - Indonesia - Jawa Barat
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones, 9 musical examples, 14 line
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Dance » Ballet » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Ethnomusicology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology

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