Andrew N. Weintraub

Andrew N. Weintraub is an assistant professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh. His articles have appeared in edited collections, encyclopedias, and journals, including Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Asian Theatre Journal IndonesiaM, and Perfect Beat. As a practitioner of Indonesian gamelan and martial arts, he has performed in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe.

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Finalist for the 2006 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies

Power Plays · Wayang Golek Puppet Theater of West Java
By Andrew N. Weintraub

Based on ethnographic fieldwork spanning twenty years, Power Plays is the first scholarly book in English on wayang golek, the Sundanese rod-puppet theater of West Java. It is a detailed and lively account of the ways in which performers of this major Asian theatrical form have engaged with political discourses in Indonesia. Wayang golek has shaped, as well, the technological and commercial conditions of art and performance in a modernizing society.

“This volume is brimming with interesting material. I know of no other study of contemporary performing arts in Indonesia that goes so deeply into the politics of meaning within such a complex genre.”

R. Anderson Sutton, author of Calling Back the Spirit: Music, Dance, and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawes