[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture - August 10

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Fri Aug 3 18:48:43 PHT 2007


                    Invites you to

        Y.B. Mangunwijaya as a National Allegorist

                   A lecture by

                   Prof.FX SISWADI

                      10 August 2007
              Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room
               Ground Flr. Dela Costa Bldg.
                        4.30-6.00 pm


  Today it is claimed that writing a literary work specifically in terms
of  a national allegory  is anachronistic since it is believed that the
age of globalization has obliterated national borders; further, it is
claimed by some quarters that  today's postmodernism has made literary
allegory's artistic and thematic concerns obsolete. Could such claims be
valid or justified in view of the works of noted Indonesia novelist, and
Third-World writer Mangunwijaya? As a  former colonial country, Indonesia
cannot help finding herself wrestling with the issue of  postcoloniality,
so the ongoing reexamination and redefinition of her nationhood is
inevitable. From this perspective, the answer to the above question is
negative. The lecture on Mangunwijaya?s three novels, The Weaverbirds,
Durga Umayi, and The Migratory Birds , will explain why.

About the Speaker

  F.X.  Siswadi (Faculty member of the Department of English Letters,
Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta Indonesia) earned his M.A in
Literary and Cultural Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in 1998
and  is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on ideology in the
late- nineteenth century American naturalistic novels from a materialist
perspective in Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Indonesia. His range of
academic interest includes  examining  ideological forces operative in 
theoretical positions and analytical practices in the study of literature
and culture.

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