Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali

Dr. Jennifer Goodlander
Publication Date
2016
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In Women in the Shadows, Jennifer Goodlander draws on her own experience training as a dalang as well as interviews with early women dalang and leading artists to upend the usual assessments of such gender role shifts. She argues that rather than assuming that women performers are necessarily mounting a challenge to tradition, “tradition” in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy.