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Article: Before Its Time, of Its Time: The Transnational Female Bildungsroman and Kartini's Letters of a Javanese Princess

TitleBefore Its Time, of Its Time: The Transnational Female Bildungsroman and Kartini's Letters of a Javanese Princess
Authors
Issue Date1999
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.
Citation
Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 1999, v. 9 n. 1-2, p. 13-25 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Indonesian woman, Kartini, now revered in Indonesia as its pioneer for women's education, wrote a series of letters between 1899 and 1904 to her Dutch colonial friends and feminist correspondents in Holland. Their publication, first in Dutch--the language in which they were written--then in English, provides us with a text that is chiefly literary, despite its historical and ethnographic dimensions. Using the elements of genre theory regarding the female bildungsroman to reread Letters of a Javanese Princess, the paper argues that colonialism, racism, and transnational gender biases inflect the Letters. The narrative of conflict between women's desires for growth and the combined repressive regulatory ideologies of Javanese patriarchy and Dutch racism, while it falls within a broader transnational tradition of women's life stories, offers an original testimony to early twentieth century Asian feminist struggles.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/223734
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.152

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorLim, SGL-
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-11T07:21:18Z-
dc.date.available2016-03-11T07:21:18Z-
dc.date.issued1999-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Asian Pacific Communication, 1999, v. 9 n. 1-2, p. 13-25-
dc.identifier.issn0957-6851-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/223734-
dc.description.abstractThe Indonesian woman, Kartini, now revered in Indonesia as its pioneer for women's education, wrote a series of letters between 1899 and 1904 to her Dutch colonial friends and feminist correspondents in Holland. Their publication, first in Dutch--the language in which they were written--then in English, provides us with a text that is chiefly literary, despite its historical and ethnographic dimensions. Using the elements of genre theory regarding the female bildungsroman to reread Letters of a Javanese Princess, the paper argues that colonialism, racism, and transnational gender biases inflect the Letters. The narrative of conflict between women's desires for growth and the combined repressive regulatory ideologies of Javanese patriarchy and Dutch racism, while it falls within a broader transnational tradition of women's life stories, offers an original testimony to early twentieth century Asian feminist struggles.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co. -
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Asian Pacific Communication-
dc.rightsJournal of Asian Pacific Communication. Copyright © John Benjamins Publishing Co.-
dc.rightsReaders of post-print must contact John Benjamins Publishing for further reprinting or re-use-
dc.titleBefore Its Time, of Its Time: The Transnational Female Bildungsroman and Kartini's Letters of a Javanese Princess-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLim, SGL: sgllim@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.hkuros53920-
dc.identifier.volume9-
dc.identifier.issue1-2-
dc.identifier.spage13-
dc.identifier.epage25-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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