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Waiting for Karila: Bending time, theory and gender in Java and Bali (With reflections for a documentary treatment)

Petkovic, J. (1999) Waiting for Karila: Bending time, theory and gender in Java and Bali (With reflections for a documentary treatment). Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (2).

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Abstract

Downtown Jogyakarta. I am about to meet Karila, my transvestite film contact. All afternoon I have been trying to imagine what s/he will look like when I finally met her. In my thoughts I conjure up an image of a face I already know. It is the face of the olive tanned Surubaya 'Elle' I met in Bali. I remember Elle as an extreme mixture of him and her with extra smooth facial skin around the closely shaved hair patches. I imagine watching her on the screen with others in the audience: How will they respond to her in the dark of the cinema hall, I wonder, and especially when they see in her face the combination of him and her? Will they do her justice? Will I do her justice? What about Karila?

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Gender and Cultural Studies, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11668
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