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Situated Testimonies: Dread and Enchantment in an Indonesian Literary Archive

Laurie J. Sears

Abstract

The Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer made a distinction between a “downstream” literary reality and an “upstream” historical reality. Pramoedya suggested that literature has an effect on the upstream flow of history and that it can in fact change history. This book illuminates this process by considering a selection of Dutch Indies and Indonesian literary works that span the twentieth century and beyond and by showing how authors help retell and remodel history. It sees certain literary works as “situated testimonies,” bringing ineffable experiences of trauma into narrative form and pre ... More

Keywords: eyewitness testimony, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, literary works, historical reality, Dutch Indies, Indonesian writers, Indonesia, postcolonial novels, imperial history, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836832
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836832.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie J. Sears, author
University of Washington in Seattle