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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Traditional Malay Literature: Adventure Romances in Texts and Film

Course Code:
155901314
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1
This course provides 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. Student will gain skills in reading traditional Malay literary texts, both poetry and prose. Students will develop 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. This course will develop an understanding of the main differences between traditional and modern literature and performing arts. This course will continue to develop written and oral skills of presentation. In particular to learn to use examples from primary textual and cinematic sources to backup arguments and hypotheses. Students will develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.

Prerequisites

Indonesian 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.

Workload

A 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.

Method of assessment

One two hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, of the term following teaching (40%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.