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An Introduction to Modern Malaysian Literature.


Muhammad Haji Salleh. (2015) An Introduction to Modern Malaysian Literature. 2nd. ed. ed. Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur. ISBN 9789674305239


This book traces the development of Malaysia literature from the final decades of the 18th century when Europe intruded into the Malay world, through to social changes and woes, two world wars, and finally to the crowded decades of the 1960’s to 2000. Whereas authors were generally very responsive to the predicament of the people - the state of being colonised, the poverty of the agricultural labourers and rubber tappers - as artist they were also experimenting with new forms of the novel, free verse and modern drama. These new experiments opened the way for them to retain their traditional Malaysian literary traits and styles while at the same time partake in international trends. This is the first time in many years a history of Malaysian literature has been made able to a wide range of contemporary research and weave together the three important literary strands from Sarawak, Sabah and the Peninsula into a single national literary expression. It also provides ample space and due discussion to the works of writers from different cultural backgrounds and environments.

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Item Type: Book
Collection Type: National Laureate
Subject Heading: Malay literature-History and criticism
Subject Heading: Malay prose literature
Depositing User: Pn. Wan Nurjuliana Wan Abd Ghafar
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 06:34
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