Women in Indonesian Popular Fiction: Romance, Beauty, and Identity Politics in Metropop Novels

Diah Ariani Arimbi, NIDN. 0004057002 (2017) Women in Indonesian Popular Fiction: Romance, Beauty, and Identity Politics in Metropop Novels. In: Traditions Redirecting Contemporary Indonesian Cultural Productions. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle, pp. 247-271. ISBN 978-1-4438-8993-3

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"Every culture lives inside its own dream”, says Richard Hoggart in The Uses of Literacy (1957, 208). Dreams are narratives, and in real life these dreams are often turned into fictional stories. Fiction appeals to faithful readers who believe in the dreams of their nation, which become ammunition for their lives. Dreams of sincerity, of love and, of course, dreams with a happy ending are the dreams that many readers love to pursue. Is there a more pleasant desire than projecting one’s own life onto an idyllic fantasy, a wishful thinking about life’s pleasures? Popular literature may just offer the dreams so many readers are craving for. Popular literature is an important medium for people to indulge in dreaming about their lives. Indonesia is no exception to this general rule. This genre is the mainstay of the books on sale in the biggest book retail chain, in supermarkets, and also of the pirated book market. This popularity suggests to what extent Indonesian readers like to dream away into the fantasy this genre has to offer. One type of popular literature that in recent years has been particularly popular is often referred to as chick lit: an oversimplified term to describe narratives centring on a woman’s or a girl’s life and her efforts to juggle attention between her career and love life. Chick lit rose to fame in the 1990s and is still going strong these days. The term is quite derogatory, and many criticise its use because it creates a distinction between specific female and male literature.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women, Indonesian Popular Fiction, Romance, Beauty, Identity Politics, Metropop Writings
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1-9960 Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697-4959 Protection, assistance and relief > HV697-3024 Special classes > HV1442-1448 Women
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: 12. Fakultas Ilmu Budaya > Sastra Inggris
Diah Ariani Arimbi, NIDN. 0004057002UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mrs Nadia Tsaurah
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 06:55
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 08:38
URI: http://repository.unair.ac.id/id/eprint/86441
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