cover of book
 

Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java
by Henry Spiller
University of Chicago Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-226-76959-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-76958-5 | eISBN: 978-0-226-76960-8
Library of Congress Classification GV1703.I532J389559 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.80992232

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK

In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a woman’s 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 men’s 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.


See other books on: Dance | Ethnomusicology | Indonesia | Masculinity | Spiller, Henry
See other titles from University of Chicago Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.