Women authors highlight issues composed in own moulds

Lyna Mohamad

The Language and Literature Bureau Malaysia hosted the virtual ‘Kuliah Kesusasteraan Bandingan (SKKB) Mastera XXIII, 2020’ at the Language and Literature Bureau in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

It was participated by founding Southeast Asia Literature Council (Mastera) countries, observing country and countries doing studies on Malay correspondences, including Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Like with other participating countries, the lecture was followed here via live streaming on Facebook at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) in Berakas, attended by DBP Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab in his capacity as Chairperson of Mastera Brunei Darussalam.

Mastera members, section heads and assistant section heads at DBP also attended.

The Menelusuri Puitika Sastera Wanita Dalam Novel Negara Serumpun lecture was delivered by supervising lecturer Associate Proffesor Dr Norhayati binti Abdul Rahman. She observed that women authors in allied countries have worked to highlight the issues of women composed in their own moulds.

She said, the cultivation of stories related to women’s biological and cultural models (the two models discussed here) have been shaped into novels, according to their respective perspectives, methods and ways.

A section of the attendees at the event. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

“However, the level of application of each element is found to be different according to the issue and the country, taking for example, from the biological model, it was found that Indonesian and Malaysian authors are more courageous in drawing aspects of women’s biology to convey the message,” she said.

Through the model culture, the supervising lecturer found that most of the authors of similar countries utilised it in their writing, however, not all ideas in women’s biological models and women’s culture in gynaecology are appropriate in the context of writing women’s novels in allied countries.

She also noted that on the whole, the discussion shows reforms in the formation of the poetry of women writing.

The findings also showed that female authors in allied countries are starting to try new methods in writing, and although some of the attempts are minimal, the effect still highlights the differences in authorship style among women.

Associate Professor Dr Norhayati is a lecturer at the Department of Malay Literature at the Malay Studies Academy cum Deputy Director for Malay Excellence Research Centre at Universiti Malaya.

The programme is to provide regional level guidance and exposure to researchers and artists in Southeast Asia on comparative literature disciplines. It is also to build and enhance expertise and trigger intellectual dialogue among researchers and literary artists, as well as to publish lecture materials to be used as reference material on comparative literature for students and literary audiences.