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The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back

Gender, Identity and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines

  • Grace V. S. Chin
  • Kathrina Mohd Daud

Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 6)

About this book

Introduction

This collection of essays examines how Southeast Asian women writers engage with the grand narratives of nationalism and the modern nation-state by exploring the representations of gender, identity and nation in the postcolonial literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Bringing to light the selected works of overlooked local women writers and providing new analyses of those produced by internationally-known women authors and artists, the essays situate regional literary developments within historicized geopolitical landscapes to offer incisive analyses and readings on how women and the feminine are imagined, represented, and positioned in relation to the Southeast Asian nation.The book, which features both cross-country comparative analyses and country-specific investigations, also considers the ideas of the nation and the state by investigating related ideologies, rhetoric, apparatuses, and discourses, and the ways in which they affect women’s bodies, subjectivities, and lived realities in both historical and contemporary Southeast Asian contexts. By considering how these literary expressions critique, contest, or are complicit in nationalist projects and state-mandated agendas, the collection contributes to the overall regional and comparative discourses on gender, identity and nation in Southeast Asian studies.

Keywords

Postcolonial literature in Southeast Asia Gender studies in Southeast Asia Gender and nation in Southeast Asia Cultural studies in Southeast Asia Southeast Asian literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Grace V. S. Chin
    • 1
  • Kathrina Mohd Daud
    • 2
  1. 1.Universiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  2. 2.Universiti Brunei DarussalamJalan Tungku LinkBrunei Darussalam

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7065-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-7064-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-7065-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-8252
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-8260
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