Frolova M.V. “A Woman-Monkey” and “the Golden Durian”: the Artistic Universe of the Short-Stories by the Indonesian Female Writer Djenar Maesa Ayu (2000s)
The article comprises an analysis of short-stories from the anthology “They say, I’m a Monkey!” (2002) by the Indonesian female writer Djenar Maesa Ayu (born in 1973). Djenar is one of the pioneers in “The Generation of Women” sastra wangi, or “Fragrant Literature”, women’s writing of Indonesia. Sharp social issues and personal problems of women, children and girls-teenagers come to the front line in her short-stories. The paper deals with narrative surrealistic techniques, descriptions of dreams and nightmares, “steam of consciousness” of Djenar’s heroines. The outstanding short-stories set new prospects for the development of Indonesian women’s writing and Indonesian psychological literature in general.
modern Indonesian writers, women’s writing, psychological literature, sastra wangi, gender studies, Indonesian short-stories, Djenar Maesa Ayu