Of Self and Nation: Autobiography and the Representation of Modern Indonesia

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Recent scholarly work on nationalism has revealed the importance of the nation imagined as a community. The subjects of these works, however, have been largely political speeches, polemical essays, and radical journalism. Missing has been the one literary genre where the individual's commitment to the imagining of the nation is most explicitly addressed: autobiography. In looking critically at eight autobiographical works, all concerned in one way or another with the question of what it means to be an Indonesian ...
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Overview

Recent scholarly work on nationalism has revealed the importance of the nation imagined as a community. The subjects of these works, however, have been largely political speeches, polemical essays, and radical journalism. Missing has been the one literary genre where the individual's commitment to the imagining of the nation is most explicitly addressed: autobiography. In looking critically at eight autobiographical works, all concerned in one way or another with the question of what it means to be an Indonesian in the twentieth century, C. W. Watson demonstrates the value of reading autobiographies as accounts of nation-building.Anthropology at the University of Kent at Canterbury and has written extensively on the literature, culture, and politics of Indonesia.

"A brilliant reinterpretation of Indonesian history, providing a wonderful access for historians and anthropologists to Indonesian culture. Indeed, it gives them the literary tools which they sorely lack and which, I fear, they don't always realize they lack. This is a major milestone in the study of Southeast Asian autobiography." --Amin Sweeney, University of California, Berkeley

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  • ISBN-13: 9780824820954
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Construction of an Autobiographical Self in the Letters of Kartini 16
Ch. 2 The Metamorphosis of a Javanese Aristocrat: The Memoirs of Pangeran Achmad Djajadiningrat 38
Ch. 3 The Representation of History and the Presentation of Self: Tan Malaka's Dari Pendjara ke Pendjara 70
Ch. 4 Religion, Nationalism, and the Individual in Modern Indonesian Autobiography: Hamka's Kenang-Kenangan Hidup 106
Ch. 5 Islam in Java - Refractions through an Autobiographical Prism: Saifuddin Zuhri's Guruku Orang-Orang dari Pesantren 130
Ch. 6 "A World Full of Ambivalence": Sitor Situmorang's Autobiographical Reflections on Postcolonial Indonesia 151
Ch. 7 Revealing and Resisting the Construction of Gender: Nh Dini's Autobiography of a Javanese Childhood 174
Ch. 8 Reconversion Narratives among Islamic Youth in Indonesia 206
Conclusion 233
Notes 237
Bibliography 245
Index 253
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