"Why aren't you a Muslim?"Pride and prejudice through Gunawan Mahmood's teen fiction

Lim, David C. L. (2008) "Why aren't you a Muslim?"Pride and prejudice through Gunawan Mahmood's teen fiction. In: Social Sciences in Asia, Volume 19 : Overcoming Passion for Race in Malaysia Cultural Studies. Brill, Leiden, NLD , pp. 63-82. ISBN 9789047433705

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This essay examines the role of the dominant Malay intelligentsia in imagining Malaysia, using as platform for discussion two contemporary teen novels by Gunawan Mahmood: This Land (originally published in Malay as Tanah Ini in 1996; out in English translation in 2002) and Namaku Ayoko (My Name is Ayoko; 1994). The chosen author and texts are little known outside of the Malay literary world, which alters not the fact that Gunawan is a multiple award-winning, state-affiliated writer who, like many of his Malay-Muslim contemporaries and predecessors, believes that “those with knowledge ought to write” and “literature should educate, awaken and inspire society” (in Mahmood, 1993:x). Gunawan is an ‘intellectual’ insofar as he participates in the production and distribution of knowledge, as someone who professes a vocation for the art of “representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public” (Said, 1996:11). (Text by author)

Item Type: Book Section
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Race awareness -- Malaysia ; Malaysia -- Race relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: Vice President (Learner Management & Campus Development) Office
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2011 09:28
URI: http://library.oum.edu.my/repository/id/eprint/577

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