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In Memoriam : Hans Teeuw: Ever a student of Indonesia

  • Karel Steenbrink

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Jakarta   /   Wed, May 23 2012   /  09:10 am

Hans Teeuw was born on Aug. 12, 1921 in Gorinchem, in the Netherlands.He died on May 18.JPHans Teeuw was born on Aug. 12, 1921 in Gorinchem, in the Netherlands.He died on May 18.In 1938, Teeuw became a student of Indology at Leiden, the common educational path for future colonial officials. In 1941, the war made formal study impossible.

At that time, Teeuw, barely further than being a brilliant undergraduate, addressed Prof. Jan Gonda and, while in hiding in different places managed to write the draft of a Ph.D. dissertation that was accepted in 1946. It was the edition and translation of the story and death of the criminal Bhoma.

In 2005, an English edition of the work was published by Teeuw in cooperation with Stuart Robson. A more poetic Dutch rendering was finished by Teeuw in 2011.

It would be his last work; he then prepared himself for death, not the preliminar...