Studium Generale “Indonesian Literature post Independence” with Dr. Kevin Fogg from the university of Oxford

Studium Generale
Studium Generale “Indonesian Literature post Independence” with Dr. Kevin Fogg from the university of Oxford on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Indonesian literature is different from traditional British Literature, which tends to follow its canon, such as Shakepeare and Victorian. Indonesian literature tends to explore its local cultures such as West Sumatra or Padang as it doesn’t have the traditional canon like British Literature. One of Indonesian famous novelists is AA Navis who wrote a well known short story collection, Robohnya Surau Kami (1956). It tells a story of an old man who takes cares of a little mosque and worships Allah every day. Until a traveller comes to the mosque and tells the old man about the here after life. On that day, many pious men go to the hells because they don’t take care of their community but themselves. This story shows how Indonesian literature is unique as it explores Indonesian specific cases and social problems linked to the local communities, especially after the Independence Day on 17 August 1945.

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