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JavaphiliaAmerican Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance$
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Henry Spiller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840945

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840945.001.0001

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Roots of American “Javas”

Roots of American “Javas”

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

(p.26) Chapter 2 Roots of American “Javas”

Henry Spiller

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 2: “World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893,” provides an account of the Java Village on the Midway Plaisance at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Performances in the Village created an enduring image of a particularly Javanese brand of exoticism—an idyllic image of gentle, childlike creatures who occupied their time crafting objects of exquisite beauty and mounting spectacular dramatic productions. The Village’s music had a lasting effect far beyond Chicago through its dissemination in various forms—visual documentation, transcriptions, and arrangements, creating a persistent sonic emblem of the alternative approach to the world.

Keywords:   1893 Chicago Exposition, gamelan, Midway Plaisance, Java Village, Henry Gilbert, B. I. Gilman, orientalism

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