Frolova M.V. Womenʼs Prose in Indonesia: the end of XX – beginning of XXI
The article offers a round-up survey on the main names and selected works in Indonesia since 1998, with focusing on gender themes in cinema and literature. ʻThe Generation of Womenʼ sastra wangi turns its attention to the gender subjects, raises up the previously tabooed themes. The most famous female writer in Indonesia is Ayu Utami, the author of 11 novels, each with a touch of gender issues, which goes to its utmost in the trilogy ʻLonely Parasiteʼ (2003–2013). The first novel ʻSamanʼ (1998) exploded the book market and was the first to be labelledsastra wangi, or ʻfragrant literatureʼ due to its gender issues as they never represented before so openly.
Pressing social issues interlock with private ones in Suryakusuma’s articles edited as ʻJulia’s Jihadʼ (2013); in the films of Nia Dinata (ʻLoveto Shareʼ, 2006; ʻThe Chants of Lotusʼ, 2008), in the film and the collection of short stories of the same title ʻThey say, I’m a Monkey!ʼ (2001) by Djenar Maesa Ayu. Gender aspect is traced through novel ʻOde for Leopold von Zacher-Masochʼ (2002) by Dinar Rahayu, ʻSupernovaʼ novel series (2000–2016) by Dewi Lestari, ʻGirl with a Clove Cigaretteʼ (2012) by Ratih Kumala.
Popularity of women’s writing comes into the spotlight of contemporary Indonesian literary process, turning its mainstream to face the gender themes.
Indonesian writers, postmodernism, women’s writing, gender studies, Feminism, Ayu Utami, Julia Suryakusuma, Dewi Lestari, Dinar Rahayu, Djenar Maesa Ayu, Ratih Kumala, sastra wangi