| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE official launching of the lecture series on “Kesusasteraan Bandingan XVII, 2014” commenced yesterday at the Balai Sarmayuda, Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) in Berakas.
The guest of honour, Dyg Hjh Nortijah binti Hj Mohd Hassan, Acting Director of DBP praised the achievements of the Majlis Sastera Asia Tenggara (MASTERA) in their efforts to foster closer relations, the meaning and the collaboration of literature that has brought a measure of success in the development of Malay literature in the region.
She also hoped that the attendees and participants in these series of lectures will take an active role to know the functions and products of MASTERA.
Furthermore, she added, these participants can take invaluable steps to analyse, evaluate and do research by using the discipline of comparison or critique on the works of literature garnered from the efforts of MASTERA, either from documentation or publication.
In the style of literary works, every writer has their own individual style and way of thinking that can raise the level of identity of a local literary work, she said. This work should be evaluated further with comparison to other works in the region, she urged.
She explained that the products of MASTERA are made available at the library for easy access of reference for the participants, and it is hoped that they can work hard and be active in writing as DBP can bring recognition to their efforts.
Dyg Hjh Nortijah revealed that the appreciation of MASTERA poetry will be held by the end of this year.
This will include a programme on the works of MASTERA, Lecture Series on “Kesusasteraan Bandingan”, an international seminar on Southeast Asian Literature (Sakat), translation projects and publications of MASTERA and other activities and products from MASTERA.
Amongst the projects that will be brought forward are the Literati/Writers of MASTERA Forum, Local Planning on Theoretical Literature, Malay Philosophy in Traditional Literary Works and a Literature Workshop on Media, she added.
The lecture series will be divided into three sessions, followed by the closing ceremony.
A panel of experts from MASTERA also sits at the discussion table.
The first lecture was on “Rancangan Penubuhan: Sejarah Awal MASTERA, the second will be on “MASTERA dan Ruang Lingkup Kegiatan”, whilst the third lecture will be on “MASTERA dan Impaknya Terhadap Pembinaan Komuniti Sastera Secara Lintas/Rentas Budaya”.
The participants of this programme included the recipients of the SEA Write Award, lecturers, teachers, government officers and staff, graduates, writers, literary enthusiasts and students.
The lecture series “Kesusasteraan Bandingan XVII, 2014” was conducted in five MASTERA member countries, which commenced on November 10 in Indonesia, November 13 in Malaysia, November 15 in Singapore, November 19 in Thailand and now in Brunei Darussalam.
The lecture series should bring guidance and relevant exposure to graduates, students, researchers and analysts of literature in the region in order to delve even further in the discipline of Literary Comparison, as well as to enhance the expertise and encourage intellectual dialogues amongst these groups of people.