In Storytelling in Bali, Hildred Geertz makes a case for the importance of the role of informal storytelling as an engine of social change in Bali in the 1930s. This is a study of more than 200 texts dictated by the painters of the village of Batuan in 1936 to the anthropologist Gregory Bateson. It is completed by three years field work in Batuan in the 1980s.The tales reveal a set of strong ambivalences about the magical powers of kings, priests and sorcerers, and about social strains within villages and families. These narratives were related in the daily settings of home and coffee shop and also in the spectacular dance-dramas of the time.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde , #304|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Hildred Geertz, Ph.D. (1956), Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, has published five books on Indonesian matters including Tales from a Charmed Life, an autobiography of Batuan painter, Ida Bagus Mad e Togog, and Images of Power, a study of the content of the Batuan paintings and texts collected by Gregory Bateson.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Storytelling in Pre-Modern BaliChapter Two: The World of the Storytellers Chapter Three: The Circulation of Popular TalesChapter Four: Interpreting the Batuan Tales Chapter Five: Storytelling as an Engine of Social ChangeBibliographyIndexAppendix 1: The Batuan Painter/StorytellersAppendix 2: The Batuan Texts in English, with Annotations and Illustrations