Kritika Kultura Lecture - August 10


Invites you to
Y.B. Mangunwijaya as a National Allegorist
A lecture by
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 termsof a national allegory is anachronistic since it is believed that theage of globalization has obliterated national borders; further, it isclaimed by some quarters that today's postmodernism has made literaryallegory's artistic and thematic concerns obsolete. Could such claims bevalid or justified in view of the works of noted Indonesia novelist, andThird-World writer Mangunwijaya? As a former colonial country, Indonesiacannot help finding herself wrestling with the issue of postcoloniality,so the ongoing reexamination and redefinition of her nationhood isinevitable. From this perspective, the answer to the above question isnegative. 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 inLiterary and Cultural Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in 1998and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on ideology in thelate- nineteenth century American naturalistic novels from a materialistperspective in Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Indonesia. His range ofacademic interest includes examining ideological forces operative in theoretical positions and analytical practices in the study of literatureand culture.