Shadow boxing: Indonesian writers and the Ramayana in the new order

Clark, Marshall 2001, Shadow boxing: Indonesian writers and the Ramayana in the new order, Indonesia, vol. 72, pp. 159-187.

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Title Shadow boxing: Indonesian writers and the Ramayana in the new order
Author(s) Clark, Marshall
Journal name Indonesia
Volume number 72
Start page 159
End page 187
Publisher Cornell Modern Indonesia Project
Place of publication Ithaca, N.Y.
Publication date 2001-10
ISSN 0019-7289
Summary This article is a study of the ideas, visions, and styles of a number of Indonesia's writers in the New Order-in particular, the final years of the New Order-who chose to rework and reinterpret the Ramayana epic of the Javanese wayang kulit shadow puppet theatre. The deliberate choice by these writers to use Indonesian as their medium of linguistic communication has proven to be a decision in favor of distancing themselves from their mother-tongue, Javanese, and of targeting a larger "national" audience, thus signaling their concern for non-Javanese Indonesians. By the same token, the Indonesian language of wayang literary representations was often heavily Javanese in its flavor and style, and the indigenized wayang characters and plots appropriated were also, naturally, very much regional in origin.
Language eng
Field of Research 200516 Indonesian Literature
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2001, Southeast Asia Program
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