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From the Mouths of Babes: Children in Recent Indonesian Film and Fiction


Allen, P, From the Mouths of Babes: Children in Recent Indonesian Film and Fiction, K@ta, 13, (2) pp. 179-187. ISSN 1411-2639 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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A noticeable trend in recent Indonesian fiction and film has been the use of children as protagonists. This paper examines the role of children in Andrea Hirata’s 2005 novel Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warriors) and the 2006 film Denias, directed by John de Rantau. I argue that, like the German Bildungsromane, these texts belong to a genre that might be called ‘coming of age’ or quest narratives. And yet, importantly, they are not just about the personal experience of finding one’s place in the world; the young protagonists of these texts also carry the weight of nation-building on their slender shoulders. The texts are not, therefore, simple derivations from European Bildungsromane, but are shaped by colonialism and globalization

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indonesian fiction, Indonesian film, children, Bildungsromant, quest narratives
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, P (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)
ID Code:77451
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2012-04-17
Last Modified:2012-08-02
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