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Menggarami burung terbang: Local understandings of national history


Allen, PM, Menggarami burung terbang: Local understandings of national history, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 167, (1) pp. 1-15. ISSN 0006-2294 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1163/22134379-90003599


This paper focuses on the ways in which watershed events in Indonesian national history are illuminated in a work of fiction, and how a Javanese worldview gives rise to particular, localized understandings of the events. The work of fiction is Sitok Srengenge's first novel, Menggarami burung terbang (Seasoning the flying bird), the action of which is bracketed by the years 1948 and 1965. The protagonists of the novel are unassuming village folk who are bewildered at the political events and mass brutality that overtake them, and whose understanding of the world is filtered through natural omens. Such a worldview is described by Quinn (1992:124) as a 'teleological' view of phenomena, in other words a belief that everything that exists and happens - including natural omens - does so for a final purpose, that there is a reason for everything.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:regional literature, Indonesian history, 1965, Javanese mythology
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Allen, PM (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)
ID Code:68962
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2011-04-07
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