Clearing a Space: Postcolonial Readings of Modern Indonesian Literature

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KITLV Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 381 pages
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This collection draws together the work of authors from Indonesia, Australia, North America, and Europe, in the first comprehensive attempt to relate modern Indonesian literature to the insights and approaches of postcolonial theory and literary criticism. The essays in the collection range over the history of modern Indonesian literature from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its diversity and growth in the 1990s. Some offer the fresh readings of well-known texts; others draw attention to aspects of the Indonesian literary tradition that have hitherto escaped the notice of scholars and critics. Grounded in detailed analysis of local contexts, yet enlivened by comparative and theoretical perspectives, the collection places Indonesian literature at the heart of contemporary cultural concerns.

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Tony Day taught Southeast Asian and performance studies at the University of Sydney from 1978 to 1998. He is currently an independent scholar and visiting lecturer in history and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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