Our interest in literary studies includes both textual analysis and analysis of the socio-historical setting in which texts are embedded. Staff researching in this area draw on a wide range of interdisciplinary material to inform and give depth to their work. Gender theories have a particularly strong influence on the Asian Languages and Studies Program's literary studies researchers, all of whom acknowledge the gendered agency of the literary text. Theories of subaltern studies and theories of space are two other fields that scaffold the work of staff and post-graduate candidates working in the area.
Affirming Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's declaration that '[t]ranslation is the most intimate act of reading', there is a strong interest also in translation studies with advocacy for the importance of translation as a legitimate area of academic endeavour. A number of staff are recognised literary translators and have published a wide range of translated works in their field.
Staff working in the area include:
Dr Heather Curnow, PhD, Prostitution and concubinage as represented in Indonesian literature.
Melita Eagling, MA, Politics, Society and Trauma: the female perspective in Post-Suharto Indonesian Literature 1998-2008.
Dr Victoria Eaves, PhD, The Diary of Tamura Yoshikazu- Writing under the Gaze of the Kokutai during the Japanese Imperial Army New Guinea Campaign.Dr Andy Fuller, PhD, Representations of urban life in contemporary Indonesian literature. His primary focus is the writings of Seno Gumira Ajidarma.
Emerald King, More than skin deep - masochistic imagery in Japanese women's writing, 1960-2005.
Allen, PM, Beyond écriture feminine: desperately seeking a new literary paradigm, RIMA Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 41 (2) pp. 25-40. ISSN 0815-7251 (2007).
Aoyama, T* and Hartley, BT, Girl Reading Girl in Japan, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 256. ISBN 978-0-415-54742-0 (2010).
Yoshida, H, The Localisation of the Hana Yori Dango Text: Plural Modernities in East Asia, New Voices, 4 (March 11) pp. 78-99. ISSN 1833-5233 (2011).
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
14 May, 2013