This seminar focuses on more recent literary works, less known outside Indonesia, from the hand of a new generation of writers (born between 1960s and 1980s). The issues that concern those writers ranges from women’s rights, lesbi-an, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) identities, environmental crises, minority rights and religious free-dom. Through examination of these works, thus can be revealed about Indonesia’s predicament today regarding these issues.
The presentation will concentrate on works by arising authors such as Okky Madasari’s Maryam who, in her writings, identifies pressing issues about religious freedom for The Ahmadiyah in Indonesia, and on Djenar Maesa Ayu’s Menyusu Ayah (Milking Father), an unconventional narration to the problem of rape and sexual violence in Indonesia.
Lastly, literature is vital to voice the distressing fact of the loss of the natural environment. This can be illustrated by the short stories and poems of Made Adnyana Ole, Fajar Arcana, Oka Rusmini, Faisal Oddang, Guntur Alam and others. Parallel with a decline in local wisdom as Indonesia urbanizes, a new mythology is emerging among urban readers. How is nature perceived in this literature, and what is its message to a new generation of Indonesians, many of whom have never seen wilderness.
Saras Dewi , she is the Head of Undergraduate Study in University of Indonesia and teaches Philosophy of Literature, Eco-Philososophy and Eastern Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy. She is currently a fellow at KITLV