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Imagining Modern Indonesia via Autobiography

Susan Rodgers

in Telling Lives, Telling History

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780520085466
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520085466.003.0001
Imagining Modern Indonesia via Autobiography

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This book presents English translations of two childhood memoirs from Sumatra, Indonesia: P. Pospos's Aku dan Toba: Tjatatan dari Masa Kanak-Kanak (Me and Toba: Notes from Childhood Times) and Muhamad Radjab's Semasa Kecil di Kampung (Village Childhood). It explores the role of autobiography in Indonesian and Malay historical traditions. This chapter explains that interpenetration of autobiographical memory and public history appears to be particularly acute for Indonesians who were born during the first two and three decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords: childhood memoirs; Sumatra; Indonesia; P. Pospos; Aku dan Toba; Muhamad Radjab; historical traditions

Chapter.  36610 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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