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Women and Malay Voices

Undercurrent Murmurings in Indonesia’s Colonial Past


Tineke Hellwig

Women and Malay Voices examines Malay literature by Chinese peranakan authors in the Dutch East Indies between 1915 and 1940. The narratives, some of them based on sensational murder trials reported in the news, offer insights into women’s lives and experiences and glimpses of female agency. With its primary focus on Malay texts and Asian women, this book offers a unique opportunity to hear subaltern voices and understand the lives of colonized women in new ways. Using feminist and postcolonial theories, this study juxtaposes the Malay texts with Dutch fiction and newspaper accounts to gain insight into how gender, race, and class are represented and what ideologies marked power relations in Dutch East Indies society.


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List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Note on Foreign Words and Spelling xv Chapter 1 1 Introduction Chapter 2 21 Gramser Brinkman: A Double Murder and a Suicide Chapter 3 49 Nona Diana: Extramarital Adventures in Batavia Chapter 4 75 Sara Specx: A Scandalous Love Affair in 1629 Chapter 5 99 Nyais of Plantation Managers Chapter 6 127 Hermine Tan: A Western-Educated Woman Chapter 7 151 Peranakan Women’s Voices Epilogue 181 Glossary 189 Bibliography 191 Index 201

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