The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures

The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures

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The literary canon is one of the most lively areas of debate in contemporary literary studies. This set of essays is both timely and original in its focus on the canon in South-East Asian literatures, covering Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. They vary in focus, from the broad panoramic survey of trends in a national literature to very specific discussions of the role of individuals in shaping a canon or the place of a particular text within a tradition, and from contemporary to traditional literature. They include discussions of the development of prose fiction, censorship and artistic freedom, the role of westerners in codifying indigenous literatures, the writing of literary history, the development of literary criticism and indigenous aesthetics.popularize the ability to do so, as the publication of versification manuals in 1912 and 1926 demonstrates.22 In 1912 the printers N.V. Budi Utama of Surakarta23 ... the author of the second versification manual, was a scion of a family of literati from Surakarta who authored several verse narratives and novels in prose ... Kats wrote it for use in teacher-training at the six-year Kweekschool (lit. ... readers on language, literature, and vocal music in Dutch, Malay, Sundanese, and Javanese .

Title:The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures
Author:David Smyth
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2000


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