Re(con)figuring the Nenek Kebayan Through Folktale Adaptation: Malaysian Folktales as Literary and Cultural Heritage

  • Sharifah Aishah OsmanEmail author


This chapter examines the figure of the Nenek Kebayan in the Malay folktale as an aspect of the literary culture and heritage of Malaysia. Folktales are didactic repositories of moral and spiritual meaning but also serve as dynamic cultural forms in the negotiation of such meanings. In reassessing the role of the Nenek Kebayan in selected textual adaptations of Malaysian folktales for children, this chapter affirms the significance of the folktale as a dynamic form of intangible cultural heritage and imparts new insights on the reconfiguration of a familiar literary character commonly found in the genre, while also enriching present discussions on the construction and negotiation of gender identity in Malaysia.


Nenek Kebayan Folktales Literary heritage Malaysian children’s literature 


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  1. 1.Universiti MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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