International Journal of Indonesian studies launches Southeast Asian Noir edition

Scene from Gagak Item (Tan’s Film, 1939)

Yacinta Kurniasih, editor and co-founder of the International Journal of Indonesian Studies (IJIS) has launched a new South East Asian Noir edition of the journal.

The edition brings to the forefront the understudied status of the topic of South East Asian crime writing in response to the growing international stature of Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan, with guest editors Eric Wilson (Faculty of Law, Monash University) and Christopher A. Woodrich (Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada).

The articles in this issue stem from the conference ‘All Lows, No Highs: A Comparative Study of Indonesian and Malaysian Crime Fiction’ held at the Monash University Malaysia Campus in Bandar Sunway between 29 and 31 May 2017.

The conference united Southeast Asia specialists from such universities as Monash University, the University of Indonesia, the University of Nottingham, the University of Malaya, and Akita University, as well as novelists and filmmakers involved in the creation of crime fiction.

Ms Kurniasih said, “ideally the IJIS team would like writers and film makers in the field to achieve a sophisticated self-awareness of the universal and particular characteristics of the noir tradition.”

Stand out contributions include two lengthy essays by Eric Wilson which attempts to provide the basis or a ‘cosmopolitian-based' definition of a distinctly South East Asian form of noir.

Yacinta Kurniasih is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics.

Read the journal issue

  • The IJIS Special Issue: Southeast Asian Noir is available online.

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