Millenia literary Indie authors: A review of selected Indie novels (1990-2017)

Nurain Khoo Kian Hua and Sim, Susan Chee Cheang (2019) Millenia literary Indie authors: A review of selected Indie novels (1990-2017). International Journal of Academic Research in Business & Social Sciences, 9 (12). pp. 894-904. ISSN 2222-6990

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According to John (1997), a novel is considered a "social symptom". Lucas's interpretation based on Jacques Lacan's concept that a work is a text of one's psyche is evident when the novel or literary work is scrutinized according to the changes in this case; the Indie literature of Malaysia. The latest literary phenomenon in Malaysia a “new” creative work that defies form but appears to be familiar. Although the works produced are novels and poems, they differ in form and content especially in the style of writing. According to Muhammad (2016), “Indie literature” is understood as a stream or culture that seeks freedom from any authority and mainstream. This definition is emphasized by mainstream Malay literary critics who view Malaysian Indie Literature as “protest literature” whose objective is freedom of expression. The majority of these literary works are written by young authors from between the ages of 20 and 35 years old. This research hopes to uncover the ideological aspect of Malaysian Indie Literature with the intent to move its definition from a binary opposite of mainstream Malay literature to a literary genre that should be regarded as a literary form through a textual analysis of a selected number of Malay Indie novels from 1990s until 2017. It is hoped that this article will reveal the purpose of novel creation according to the thoughts of the authors as reflected through the plot, themes, characters and messages that will throw light to the rise of Indie literature in the ethos of Malay Literature.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Malaysian Indie literature , Novels , Young authors
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL1-8844 Languages of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL5001-7511 Languages of Oceania > PL5001-7101 Austronesian, Papuan, and Australian languages > PL5051-5497 Malayan (Indonesian) languages
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1-9680 English literature > PR750-890 Prose > PR821-890 Prose fiction. The novel
Department: FACULTY > Academy of Arts and Creative Technology
Depositing User: SAFRUDIN BIN DARUN -
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2022 12:15
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 12:15

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