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Author Spiller, Henry, author

Title Javaphilia : American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance / Henry Spiller; Frederick Lau.
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : 41 illustrations
Series Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- CHAPTER 1: A Tale of Two Expos -- CHAPTER 2: Roots of American "Javas": The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition -- CHAPTER 3: Java to Jazz: Eva Gauthier -- CHAPTER 4: "To Make Ourselves Complete": Stowitts -- CHAPTER 5: Man(tle Hood), the Unknown -- CHAPTER 6: More Western than It Sounds: Lou Harrison -- CHAPTER 7: Javaphilia, Then and Now -- Appendix I: The Tuning of the 1893 Gamelan -- Appendix II: Javanese Kraton, Names, and Titles -- Notes -- References -- Index
Summary Fragrant tropical flowers, opulent batik fabrics, magnificent bronze gamelan orchestras, and, of course, aromatic coffee. Such are the exotic images of Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island, that have hovered at the periphery of North American imaginations for generations. Through close readings of the careers of four "javaphiles"-individuals who embraced Javanese performing arts in their own quests for a sense of belonging-Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance explores a century of American representations of Javanese performing arts by North Americans. While other Asian cultures made direct impressions on Americans by virtue of firsthand contacts through immigration, trade, and war, the distance between Java and America, and the vagueness of Americans' imagery, enabled a few disenfranchised musicians and dancers to fashion alternative identities through bold and idiosyncratic representations of Javanese music and dance.Javaphilia's main subjects-Canadian-born singer Eva Gauthier (1885-1958), dancer/painter Hubert Stowitts (1892-1953), ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood (1918-2005), and composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003)-all felt marginalized by the mainstream of Western society: Gauthier by her lukewarm reception as an operatic mezzo-soprano in Europe, Stowitts by his homosexuality, Hood by conflicting interests in spirituality and scientific method, and Harrison by his predilection for prettiness in a musical milieu that valued more anxious expressions. All four parlayed their own direct experiences of Java into a defining essence for their own characters. By identifying aspects of Javanese music and dance that were compatible with their own tendencies, these individuals could literally perform unconventional-yet coherent-identities based in Javanese music and dance. Although they purported to represent Java to their fellow North Americans, they were in fact simply representing themselves.In addition to probing the fascinating details of these javaphiles' lives, Javaphilia presents a novel analysis of North America's first significant encounters with Javanese performing arts at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. An account of the First International Gamelan Festival, in Vancouver, BC (at Expo 86), almost a century later, bookends the epoch that is the focus of Javaphilia and sets the stage for a meditation on North Americans' ongoing relationships with the music and dance of Java
Notes Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes English
Description based on print version record
Subject Gauthier, Eva, 1885-1958 -- Criticism and interpretation
Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003 -- Criticism and interpretation
Hood, Mantle -- Criticism and interpretation
Stowitts, Hubert Julian, 1892-1953 -- Criticism and interpretation
Gauthier, Eva, 1885-1958.
Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003.
Hood, Mantle.
Stowitts, Hubert Julian, 1892-1953.
Dance -- United States -- Javanese influences
Music -- United States -- Javanese influences
Dance -- Javanese influences.
Music History & Criticism, General.
Music -- Javanese influences.
Music, Dance, Drama & Film.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Lau, Frederick, editor
LC no. 2014028869
ISBN 0824854942
Other Titles Javaphilia