Reclaiming Adat: Contemporary Malaysian Film and Literature

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NUS Press, 2006 - Adat law - 254 pages
In the early 1990s, the animist and Hindu traces in adat (Malay custom) became contentious for resurgent Islam in Malaysia. Filmmakers, intellectuals, and writers responded by deploying adat to counter the homogenizing aspects of both Islamic discourse and globalization in this period. Their revitalization project involved an emphasis on sexuality and a return to archaic forms such as magic and traditional healing. In Reclaiming Adat, Khoo Gaik Cheng uses close textual readings of literature and film, to reveal tensions between gender, modernity, and nation within these art forms.
 

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Contents

Reclaiming Adat
3
Malay Myth and Changing Attitudes towards Nationalism The Hang TuahHang Jebat Debate
22
DissemiNation of Malaysia
56
Malaysian Films Cinema of Denial
83
Representations of the Modern Malay Woman of the 1990s
125
What Is It to Be a Man? Violence in the Time of Modernity
158
Cultural Representations of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat
207
Primary Filmography
209
Secondary Filmography
213
Notes
218
References
237
Index
247
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