Situated Testimonies

Situated Testimonies➻ [Reading] ➽ Situated Testimonies By Laurie J. Sears ➰ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer made a distinction between a downstream literary reality and an upstream historical reality Pramoedya suggested that literature has an effect on the upstrea The Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer made a distinction between a downstream literary reality and an upstream historical reality Pramoedya suggested that literature has an effect on the upstream flow of history and that it can in fact change history In Situated Testimonies Laurie Sears illuminates this process by considering a selection of Dutch Indies and Indonesian literary works that span the twentieth century and beyond and by showing how authors like Louis Couperus and Maria Dermout help retell and remodel historySears sees certain literary works as Situated Testimonies bringing ineffable experiences of trauma into narrative form and preserving something of the dread and enchantment that animated the past These literary works offer a method of reading the emotional traces that historians may fail to witness or record traces that elude archival constructions where political factors or colonial conditions have influenced processes of what is preserved and how it is shaped Sears' use of Donna Haraway's notion of situatedness reiterates the idea that all of us speak from somewhere Testimony especially eyewitness testimony is a gold standard in historical methodology and the authors of literary works are eyewitnesses of their time But the works of authors like Tirto Adhi Soerjo and Soewarsih Djojopoespito are first of all written as literature and literary or stylistic devices cannot be ignoredSears finds substantial evidence of the movement of psychoanalytic theories between Europe and the IndiesIndonesia throughout the twentieth century She concludes that far from being only a Jewish or European discourse psychoanalysis is a transnational discourse of desire that has influenced Indies and Indonesian writers for than a century Psychoanalytic ideas and the suggestion by French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche and Indonesian author Ayu Utami that memories like literature can move us back and forth in time have inspired Sears' thinking about historical archives literature and traumaSoekarno's words haunt this book as he haunts Indonesia's past Situated Testimonies rewrites portions of the literary and social history of Indonesia over a sweep of many decades Historians scholars of literary theory and Indonesianists will all be interested in the book's insights on how colonial and postcolonial novels of the Indies and Indonesia illuminate nationalist narratives and imperial histories.

Situated Testimonies Kindle ¿ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 318 pages
  • Situated Testimonies
  • Laurie J. Sears
  • 03 November 2015
  • 9780824836832