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Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance by Henry Spiller (review)

Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance by Henry Spiller (review) Indonesia JAVAPHILIA: AMERICAN LOVE AFFAIRS WITH JAVANESE MUSIC AND DANCE. Henry Spiller. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2015. 267 pp. Cloth, $42.00. Through case studies, this text traces the path of four artists--Eva Gauthier (1885­1958), Hubert Stowitts (1892­1953), Mantle Hood (1918­2005), and Lou Harrison (1917­2003). Each used aspects of Javanese music and dance to play to American audiences. They were "Javaphiles," lovers of things Javanese. Spiller argues that the Western audience's lack of knowledge about Java allowed these individuals to appear as experts for what was usually a very selective reading of the Indonesian arts, based on personal predilections and limited understanding of both the culture and music. The psychological, historical, and sociological circumstances enter into narratives of four interesting but sometimes little-known intercultural artists representing Javanese arts to American audiences. The introduction deals with concepts of self-fashioning, orientalism, and "microhistories." Spiller argues the artists "othered" themselves since they did not fit into the American mainstream (p. 24). To frame the individual studies, Spiller discusses two world's fairs, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, Canada. The first included a contingent of 125 artists and craftsmen from Sunda (West Java) and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance by Henry Spiller (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 34 (1) – Feb 15, 2017

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Indonesia JAVAPHILIA: AMERICAN LOVE AFFAIRS WITH JAVANESE MUSIC AND DANCE. Henry Spiller. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2015. 267 pp. Cloth, $42.00. Through case studies, this text traces the path of four artists--Eva Gauthier (1885­1958), Hubert Stowitts (1892­1953), Mantle Hood (1918­2005), and Lou Harrison (1917­2003). Each used aspects of Javanese music and dance to play to American audiences. They were "Javaphiles," lovers of things Javanese. Spiller argues that the Western audience's lack of knowledge about Java allowed these individuals to appear as experts for what was usually a very selective reading of the Indonesian arts, based on personal predilections and limited understanding of both the culture and music. The psychological, historical, and sociological circumstances enter into narratives of four interesting but sometimes little-known intercultural artists representing Javanese arts to American audiences. The introduction deals with concepts of self-fashioning, orientalism, and "microhistories." Spiller argues the artists "othered" themselves since they did not fit into the American mainstream (p. 24). To frame the individual studies, Spiller discusses two world's fairs, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, Canada. The first included a contingent of 125 artists and craftsmen from Sunda (West Java) and

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Published: Feb 15, 2017

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