Traditional Malay Literature: Adventure Romances in Texts and Film
- Course Code:
- Course Not Running 2014/2015
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 1
PrerequisitesIndonesian language 1 or equivalent
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of this course students should have acquired the following skills . . .
- an introduction to the system of traditional Malay literature, the place which romantic adventure romances of the 17th-18th century occupied in it and their transformation in modern film versions.
- in reading traditional Malay literary texts, both poetry and prose.
- the development of an awareness and comprehension of the specific features of traditional Malay language and its role in the formation of modern Indonesian language; to gain an understanding of the content and functions of gender issues in adventure romances, the main features of their poetics and literary aesthetics, as well as reasons and the nature of their reshaping in films.
- an understanding of the main differences between traditional and modern literature and performing arts.
- developing written and oral skills of presentation in particular and how to learn to use examples from primary textual and cinematic sources to backup arguments and hypotheses.
- to develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.
WorkloadA total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
Reading of literary texts in traditional Malay (excerpts from adventure romances in prose and verse) and supplementary texts in English translation, as well as seeing their cinematic versions. Studying the structure, ethical message and literary aesthetics of traditional romances and their modern reinterpretations in films. The course consists of readings from the most representative texts (e.g. Hikayat Indraputra, Syair Bidasari etc.) and lectures and seminars at which such problems as origins of the genre of adventure romances, its traditional features, message and the concept of beauty, as well as their reconsideration in terms of contemporary socio-cultural and gender ideas in films are analysed and discussed.