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Women in the shadows : gender, puppets, and the power of tradition in Bali / Jennifer Goodlander.

Author:
Goodlander, Jennifer, 1975- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Athens : Ohio University Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
Description:
xiii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series:
  • Research in international studies. Southeast Asia series ; no. 129. [More in this series]
  • Ohio University research in international studies. Southeast Asia series ; no. 129
Summary note:
"Wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, connects a mythic past to the present through public ritual performance and is one of most important performance traditions in Bali. The dalang, or puppeteer, is revered in Balinese society as a teacher and spiritual leader. Recently, women have begun to study and perform in this traditionally male role, an innovation that has triggered resistance and controversy. In Women in the Shadows, Jennifer Goodlander draws on her own experience training as a dalang as well as interviews with early women dalang and leading artists to upend the usual assessments of such gender role shifts. She argues that rather than assuming that women performers are necessarily mounting a challenge to tradition, "tradition" in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy. She examines the very idea of "tradition" and how it forms both an ideological and social foundation in Balinese culture. Ultimately, Goodlander offers a richer, more complicated understanding of both tradition and gender in Balinese society"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780896803039 ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
  • 0896803031 ((hardcover ; : alkaline paper))
  • 9780896803046 ((paperback ; : alkaline paper))
  • 089680304X ((paperback ; : alkaline paper))
  • ((electronic book))
LCCN:
2016026047
OCLC:
950445740
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