Romance and Laughter in the Archipelago: Essays on Classical and Contemporary Poetics of the Malay World (Soft Cover)
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Romance and Laughter in the Archipelago retrieves traditional concepts of Malay literature embedded in the texts of the Malay Archipelago – including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. It defines the perimeters of the literary art, its function, author and texts, and subsequently seeks out elements of literary beauty, as defined by numerous writers and oral story tellers. However, with modern Malay literature’s new predicament and  confrontation with the west a clash of cultures is strongly discernible in the lines and tones of these works.  
These essays are among Muhammad Haji Salleh’s most seminal  works, offering a new insight into the rich earth of an extraordinarily fecund literature and sophisticated literature.  


This title won the Best Book (Humanities & Social Sciences), Anugerah Majlis Penerbitan Ilmiah Malaysia (MAPIM) 2007.

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