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Stunning Males and Powerful Females: Gender and Tradition in East Javanese Dance

Christina Sunardi


In east Javanese dance traditions like Beskalan and Ngremo, musicians and dancers negotiate gender through performances where males embody femininity and females embody masculinity. This book ventures into the regency of Malang in east Java to study and perform with dancers. Through formal interviews and casual conversation, the author 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 b ... More

Keywords: dance tradition, musicians, dancers, east Java, female bodies, femininity, transvestite, femaleness, sex, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038952
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Sunardi, author
University of Washington