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Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance

Henry Spiller


Javaphilia investigates North American orientalisms that emerged over the course of the 20th century when artists engaged with performing arts of Java. These “javaphiles,” along with subsequent generations, embraced Javanese performing arts in their own quests for a sense of belonging. A close reading of individual case studies—“microhistories” of American artists whose careers span the entire 20th century—provides answers to the question “why.” The book sets the stage by assessing the lasting impact on thousands of visitors to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago of the music, dan ... More

Keywords: Java, gamelan, identities, orientalism, subjectivity, Gauthier, Stowitts, Hood, Harrison, Expositions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840945
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Spiller, author
University of California, Davis