Research Interest

Indonesian and Malay literature, representations of women in island Southeast Asia, feminist literary criticism, postcolonial theory

Educational Background

PhD (1990) in modern Indonesian literature,
Leiden University, The Netherlands

MA (1982) in Indonesian and Malay language and literature,
Leiden University, The Netherlands

BA (1979) in Indonesian and Javanese language, literature and culture
Leiden University, The Netherlands

Major Publications


2012 Women and Malay Voices. Undercurrent Murmurings in Indonesia’s Colonial Past. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. 204 pp.

2009 (ed) The Indonesia Reader. History, Culture, Politics. Co-edited with Eric Tagliacozzo. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 477 pp. Reprinted 2011.

2006 (ed) Asian Women: Interconnections. Co-edited with Sunera Thobani. Toronto: Women’s Press. 279 pp.

1994 In the Shadow of Change. Images of Women in Indonesian Literature. Centers for South and Southeast Asia Studies, International and Area Studies, University of California at Berkeley. Monograph no. 35. xiii + 259 pp.
2003 [Indonesian translation] In the Shadow of Change. (Dalam Bayang-bayang Perubahan) Citra Perempuan dalam Sastra Indonesia. Jakarta: Desantara. 283 pp.

1994 Adjustment and Discontent.  Representations of Women in the Dutch East Indies. Windsor: Netherlandic Press. 103 pp.
2007 [Indonesian translation] Citra Kaum Perempuan di Hindia Belanda. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor. 122 pp.

1986 (ed) A Man of Indonesian Letters. Essays in Honour of Professor A. Teeuw. Co-edited with S.O.Robson. Dordrecht: Foris Publications. 349 pp

1985 Nh. Dini, Djataju. Verhalen uit Indonesië. Vertaald en van een nawoord voorzien door Tineke Hellwig. Den Haag: Thomas & Eras. 104 pp.

Refereed Articles

2011a “Abidah El Khalieqy’s Novels. Challenging Patriarchal Islam” Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde,167.1. pp. 16-30.

2011b “Women Writing about Marriage and Sexuality: Post-1998 Indonesian Fiction” Working Paper Series 152, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

2007 (ed) Journal issue of RIMA (Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs) 41.2. “Post-Soeharto Women’s Writing and Cultural Production.” (Co-edited with Michael Bodden). pp. 1-204.

2007a (with Michael Bodden) “Introduction. Post-Soeharto Women’s Writing and Cultural Production.” RIMA(Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs) 41.2, pp. 1-24.

2007b “A Dragon-shaped Hummingbird. Nukila Amal’s Writing from the Nation’s Margin” RIMA (Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs) 41.2, pp.

2002 “Scandals, Homicide in Batavia and Indo Identity: Literary Representations of Indies Society” Archipel 63 (April) pp. 153-172.

2001a “Asian Women in the Lives of Dutch Tea Planters: Two Narratives from West Java” Indonesia and the Malay World 29.85 (November) pp.161-179.

2001b “Female Passion for the Wrong Man: Interracial Relationships in Dutch East Indies Literature” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies/Revue canadienne d’études Néerlandaises  XXII, ii (Fall/Automne) (Windsor University), pp. 1-10.

2001c “A Double Murder in Batavia: Representations of Gender and Race in the Indies” RIMA (Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs) 35.2 (Summer) pp. 1-32.

1997a “Nona Diana, Du Perron en een Ritmeester” Indische Letteren XII.2 (June) pp. 50-67.

1997b “Nog Meer Kleinkinderen van de Thee” Indische Letteren XII.1 (March) pp. 26-33.

1996 “Gramser Brinkman, de moordenaar van Fientje de Feniks. Maleise literaire teksten” Indische Letteren XI.1 (March) pp. 2-15.

1993a “The Asian and Eurasian Woman in the Dutch East Indies in Dutch and Malay Literature” Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies/ Revue canadienne d’études Néerlandaises XIV, ii, pp. 20-26.

1993b “Leila S. Chudori and Women in Contemporary Fiction Writing” Tenggara Journal of Southeast Asian Literature 31 pp. 72-87.

1992 “Nyai Dasima, a Fictional Woman” RIMA, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs 26.1 (Winter) pp. 1-20, (translation of 1986, see Book chapters).

1990 “Representations of Women in Three Modern Indonesian Novels” B.C. Asian Review no.3/4, pp. 311-22.

1985 (with Marijke Klokke) “Focalization and Theme: Their Interaction in Orang-Orang Bloomington” Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 141.4, pp. 423-40.

Book chapters

2009 “Translation – Manipulation: Tjerita Nona Diana” in Sadur: Sejarah Terjemahan di Indonesia dan Malaysia, ed. Henri Chambert-Loir. Jakarta: KPG (Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia). pp. 679-689.

2006 “Biola tak berdawai. Jogjakarta in beeld: film, fictie en vrouwen” in Milde Regen. Liber Amicorum voor Hans Teeuw, ed. Willem van der Molen Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers. pp.77-94.

1988 “De Danseres van Dukuh Paruk: Uitverkoren en Uitgestoten” in Vrouwen in Taal en Literatuur, ed. Korrie Korevaart, Amersfoort/Leuven: Acco, pp. 97-109.

1987 “Rape in Two Indonesian Pop Novels; An Analysis of the Female Image” in Indonesian Women in Focus, eds. Elsbeth Locher-Scholten and Anke Niehof, Dordrecht: Foris Publications, pp. 240-54.

1986 “Njai Dasima, een vrouw uit de literatuur” in A Man of Indonesian Letters. Essays in Honour of Prof. A. Teeuw, eds. C.M.S. Hellwig and S.O. Robson. Dordrecht: Foris Publications, pp. 48-66. (for English translation see articles 1992)

1985 “Southeast Asia” in Unheard Words. Women and Literature in Africa, the Arab World, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America, ed. Mineke Schipper. London-New York: Allison & Busby, pp. 141-59.

Other articles

2011 “Modern Family. Review: Leila S. Chudori’s Latest Novel Raises Poignant Questions about Family, Home and Belonging” Inside Indonesia 104 (April-June).

2009 “Female Sexuality and Reproduction in Sekar Ayu Asmara’s Work” in Par delà les frontières intellectuelles et politique: les études sud-est asiatiques au XXIe siècle. Beyond Boundaries: Southeast Asian Studies in the 21st Century, ed. Steve Déry. Université Laval: Institut des houtes études internationales. pp. 89-102.

2007 “Nostalgia in Yogyakarta”: The Film Biola Tak Berdawai (Stringless Violin)” in Arts, Popular Culture and Social Change in the New Indonesia, ed. Michael Leaf. Vancouver: IAR, UBC and Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, pp.101-118.

2003 “Menguasai Tubuh Perempuan: Hubungan Antar-ras dalam Sastra Melayu 1920-30an” in Basis 9-10 (September-October), Yogyakarta. pp.54-61

1998 “The Lives of Queeny Chang and Hermine Tan: Peranakan Women in the Dutch East Indies” in The World My Mother Gave Me, ed. Mandakranta Bose. Vancouver: Institute of Asian Research, pp. 45-64.

1992 (with Luc Nagtegaal) “Eurasians: Europeans or Asians?” in The Quality of Life in Southeast Asia. Transforming Social, Political and Natural Environments, ed. Bruce Matthews. Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies XX. Montréal: McGill University. pp. 231-240.

Courses Taught at UBC

Indonesian language, all levels (INDO 102, INDO 200, SEAL 440)
Southeast Asian literature in translation (ASIA 375, ASIA 349)
Gender in Southeast Asian literature (ASIA 359)
Introduction to Southeast Asia (ASIA 206)
Cultural Foundations of Southeast Asia (ASIA 209)
History of Indonesian civilization (ASIA 362)
Asian literature in translation: a comparative approach (ASIA 350)
Women in literature (WMST 224)
Approaches to Asian Literature (ASIA 570)
Directed Readings (ASIA 580)