South and Southeast Asian Studies 39, Section 2

Island Imaginations: Exploring the Short Story in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (2 units, LG)

Lecturer Karen Llagas and Professor Sylvia Tiwon
Friday 10:00-12:00, 204 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 17244

The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are multicultural island nations in Southeast Asia with strong story-telling traditions. We will read and discuss the short story as a modern narrative form through which writers have explored questions of nation and identity in colonial and postcolonial times. The seminar introduces students to some of the major contemporary themes including romance, resistance, gender, the challenges of modernization and the new global order.

Instructor Bio

Karen Llagas lectures in UC Berkeley’s Beginner and Intermediate Filipino classes; she teaches Tagalog privately and in group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online.

Sylvia Tiwon is an Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. She teaches literature, gender, and oral and cultural studies of Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia. Her areas of interest include national and pre-national literatures, oral discourse and mythologies, as well as socio-cultural formations at the national and sub-national levels.

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