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The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures: Literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

Studies literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in terms of structure and development of prose fiction. Discusses topics on censorship, artistic freedom, the influence of westerners on indigenous literature, literary history, the development of literary criticism, and indigenous aesthetics. Includes Buddhist influence in classical Indochinese literature, Myanmar prose writing and changes of its canon, Vietnamese writing in renovation period, Tagalog literature, and comparison of master piece novel in the Philippines and Malaysia. Highlights Malay literature in coherent with the development in literature criticism, role of westerner in modern literature, a canonical work called ‘Tajus Salatin’, and foreign canons following Malay poetics. Explores women’s roles in canons, regulation of beauty in Javanese poetics, Indonesian literary histories, Thai novel, convention and creativity in traditional Lao literature.