The late 1800s saw the awakening of a longing for freedom and aspirations for independent statehood across Southeast Asia. This course offers a basic introduction to native literary texts that reflected anti‐colonial and anti‐feudal sentiments in the region. Each text will be studied in its socio‐historical context and students will develop a basic understanding of the history of the political struggles in the authors’ native country. We will sample writers (Vu Trong Phung, Kartini, Abdul Samad Ismail, José Rizal, Ma Ma Lay) who lived and wrote during the late colonial period, and complement their views on society with readings that discuss the broader aspects of colonialism across Southeast Asia.
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