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Decolonizing Tradition

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751624
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751624.003.0007
Decolonizing Tradition

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Chapter 7 focuses on Pramoedya's prison notes from Buru Island, showing how Pramoedya turns the gaps of historical documentation into a resource for decolonizing literary and cultural traditions. Paying special attention to Pramoedya's reflections on his mother and father, the chapter finds a principle of genealogy and critique informing all of his work. Connecting this genealogy to the revolutionary family romances of his fiction, early and late, the chapter shows how Pramoedya's principle of genealogy illuminates the book's overall comparison between Pramoedya's revolutionary Indonesian family romance, Rhys's Creole family romance, and Conrad's colonial English-Malay family romance.

Keywords: Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Buru Island prison camp; The Mute's Soliloquy; Arus Balik; Arok Dedes; memoir; revolution; decolonization; genealogy

Chapter.  17552 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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