Human Rights and National Literature: A Comparative Study of the Experiences in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines

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  • Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, International Islamic University Malaysia

Abstract

This paper studies the experiences encountered by three Southeast Asian nations in the face of globalisation in which nationalism is often seen as something negative and regressive. The paper analyses how these three nations strengthen the position of national literature in the face of globalisation. It also compares how minority voices attract international attention and expose themselves to two risks. One of the risks is being dominant over national literature which will likely create tension within the nation. The second risk is that of being marginalised and losing their iterary importance in their own land.

    The objective of this research is to examine the validity of the argument that the “privileged voice†(often protected by national policy on language) is always the “special†one and be given its due at the national level.

 

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Author Biography

Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, International Islamic University Malaysia

Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia. She was a Fulbright scholar at Cornell University in 2007. A council member of the Southeast Asian Literary Council (MASTERA), she also sits on the editorial board of several literary journals in Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines. As a creative writer, she has won many prizes. Her first book of poetry, The Art of Naming: A Muslim Woman’s Journey was published in 2006. She is also the author of The Islamic Interpretation of ‘Tragic Hero’ in Shakespearean Tragedies (2001, 2004) and co-author of Colonial to Global: Malaysian Women’s Writing in English, 1940s – 1990s (2001, 2003).

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Published

2008-12-15

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Abdul Manaf, International Islamic University Malaysia, N. F. (2008). Human Rights and National Literature: A Comparative Study of the Experiences in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 2(2), 73–84. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/49

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