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A Literary Mirror: Balinese Reflections on Modernity and Identity  

by on Sunday, 27 February 2011No Comment | 208 views

After successfully published several books related to Indonesian history and culture, KITLV this year is planning to publish another book. The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) will release A Literary Mirror, the first English-language work containing analysis of Indonesian-language Balinese literature from literary and cultural view point.

A book written by I Nyoman Dharma Putra is the research how Balinese views their culture and how they react to external culture forces covering the period from 1920 to 2000.  A Literary Mirror is priceless resource for those authors who researching Balinese in twentieth-centuries and wrote it in Indonesian. Such writers from long time gain only very little intention in the existing literature though their works are so important. In appendix in this book you may see the list of many significant writers and their works. A high appreciation for those writers.

I Nyoman Dharma Putra teaches Indonesian Literature in Faculty of Letters Udayana University in Bali and has written several numbers of book varied from literary and cultural topic such as Tonggak Baru Sastra Bali Modern (2000; 2010), Wanita Bali Tempo Doeloe Perspektif Masa Kini (2003; 2007) and Bali dalam Kuasa Politik(2008). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. Duringa that time 2007-2010, he also wrote some articles published in Journals including Indonesia and the Malay WorldAsian Studies Review and Rima.

Thus, A Literary Mirror is arguably considered as a complement of the large number of existing studies of Bali and its history, anthropology, traditional literature, and the performing arts. A Literary Mirror is a must read for those who are interested on Balinese literature and culture and for Balinese to reflect their identity.

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