The New Malay Woman’s jiwa as a Postcolonial Structure of Feeling

Izharuddin, Alicia (2019) The New Malay Woman’s jiwa as a Postcolonial Structure of Feeling. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 40 (4). pp. 491-503. ISSN 0725-6868

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2019.1628720

Abstract

Women from newly liberated postcolonial societies have produced fiction and non-fiction work with a critical view on women’s inferior status and discriminatory cultural practices that powerfully resonate with contemporary feminist opinions. However, their views are parallel insofar as an understanding of ‘women’ remains unproblematised. In this article, ‘women’ and ‘feminism’ are unpacked from a domestic cosmopolitan lens, particularly from the perspective of the postcolonial woman’s spirit of openness to the other. The postcolonial subject in question is the New Malay Woman, a cultural construction in the early years of Malaysia’s independence, a female figure formed through her critique of modernity and encounters with transnationalism. But it is through the New Malay Woman’s soul or jiwa, explicated in the essays and semi-autobiographical fiction of Malay women writers in the 1960s, that we find ‘structures of feeling’ overcoming facile parallels and temporal distances between the early postcolonial woman and contemporary feminist wherever she might be. It is hoped that from explicating the ‘structures of feeling’ that the meaning of ‘women’ and ‘emancipation’ as articulated by early postcolonial women writers is better understood. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cosmopolitanism; feminism; Malaysia; postcolonial women’s writing; structures of feeling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 04:56
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2020 04:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24104

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