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Village Childhood

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/9780520085466.003.0003
Village Childhood

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This chapter examines the importance of autobiography in Malay and Indonesian historical traditions. It explains that the childhood memoirs considered in this book are only part of larger patterns of Southeast Asian print literature which extended far beyond modern popular memoirs. Me and Toba: Notes from Childhood Times and Village Childhood both contain issues that connect them to Malay world script literature and court histories, and they also tap into the broad realms of Southeast Asian regional thought about the past and into very general propositions about how societies should best remember and record history.

Keywords: autobiography; historical traditions; childhood memoirs; Southeast Asia; print literature; Me and Toba; Village Childhood; world script literature; court histories

Chapter.  90826 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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