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Essay: Australian critics and Indonesian literature

  • Donny Syofyan

  /   Mon, June 24 2019   /  02:54 am

Australian perspectives on Indonesian literary content and narratives are rare. Harry Aveling and George Quinn, to mention just two names, are notable Australian literary critics who are very involved in understanding the Indonesian way of life. Their works are close to the Indonesian way of interpreting culture and community-based practices in different texts. Aveling has contributed a very critical understanding of Indonesian literature. In reference to the development of Indonesian literature over the past 50 years, Aveling states that Indonesian literature has evolved in a very rapid manner. There are many aspects of understanding social and cultural protocols in recent literary works. With critical appraisal of different genres and categorical narrative techniques, he recognizes Indonesian literature as the “mirror of society” ( 2009 ).While noting different dimensions of readin...