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    Dorothea Rosa Herliany

ISBN: 9786029144307

Morphology of Desire

by: Dorothea Rosa Herliany

Morphology of Desire gives a generous introduction to the full range of writing by the internationally acclaimed Indonesian poet, Dorothea Rosa Herliany. The poems span the 1980s to the present day and though a distinctive mix of striking imagery and boldness of voice, the poet sets out to destroy many common assumptions about everyday life and human relationships. As a woman and a poet, she is doubtly an outsider. Her blatant departure, in form as well as content, from the accepted conventions of society (which intensifies through the progression of her work) is remarkable, not only in its personal and political ramifications, but in its emotional and imaginative tenor as well.

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Morphology of Desire gives a generous introduction to the writing by the internationally acclaimed Indonesian poet, Dorothea Rosa Herliany. Through a distinctive mix of striking imagery and boldness of voice, the poet sets out to destroy many of the common assumptions about everyday life and human relationships. As a woman and a poet, she is doubly an outsider. Her blatant departure, in form as well as content, from the accepted conventions of society (which intensifies through the progression of her work) is remarkable, not only in its personal and political ramifications, but also in its emotional and imaginative tenor. This book will speak to readers who are interested in Indonesia, women’s writing, and in poetry in general.

ISBN: 9786029144307
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 144 pages
Dorothea Rosa Herliany (Magelang, Central Java, October 20, 1963) writes poetry, short stories, children’s books, and novels. Her poetry has been translated into multiple languages, and her latest book of poetry is bilingual in German and Indonesian: Der Messer Hochzeit / Nikah Pisau (translated by: Brigitte Oleschinski and Ulrike Draesner, Verlagshaus Berlin, 2015). She is frequently invited to read at international poetry events around the world. In addition to writing, she has been collaboratively organizing literary events for the last five years including the biennial “What’s Poetry Festival” and the annual “Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival”. She also worked as a publisher of literary books for about ten years. She is the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the Khatulistiwa Literary Award for her poetry book Santa Rosa (2006) and for her novel Isinga, Roman Papua (2015).
Translator :Harry Aveling
Harry Aveling has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay literature. His recent works include Morphology of Desire and Saint Rosa (winner of the Katulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry 2005-6) by Dorothea Rosa Herliany; A History of Classical Malay Literature by Liaw Yock Fang (translated with Razif Bahari); and 100 Selected Poems by Cecep Syamsul Hari (with Dewi Candraningrum). In 2002, Linda Owens and Harry Aveling translated Joko Pinurbo’s Trouser Doll, Selected Poems 1989-1998, winner of the 2001 Lontar Literary Award for Poetry. He was Visiting Professor of English in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland during the Fall Semester 2014.

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