Wanita sebagai objek seks

Penanganannya dalam novel bila hujan malam

Translated title of the contribution: Women as sex objects: Its treatment in bila hujan malam

Ungku Maimunah Mohd Tahir

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    Abstract

    This article analyses Azizi Haji Abdullah's novel Bila hujan malam to determine critical claims of its literary merit. The article uses as its analytical framework Mohd. Affandi Hassan's (1992) Persuratan Baru, giving particular attention to taklif, its philosophical underpinning of responsibility and accountability towards God, as well as to the crucial distinction it makes between 'knowledge/discourse' and 'story'. The article unpacks "women as sex objects" as the novel's main perception, which Azizi structures into the story through four narrative strategies. The strategies centre round using selected aspects of the 'unexplained antecedent' technique, making molestation that strips women of control and agency as the only form of sexual union available, providing a context fully supportive of and conducive to sexual exploitation, and denying a role for women other than that of a sex object. The article argues that, contrary to claims of its literary merit, the novel prioritises vice as a valid aesthetic and literary expression, at the same time as it makes discourse/knowledge irrelevant to its structuring. In so doing, it operates as a novel only on the level of story and story-making. This article thus concludes that Bila hujan malam is no more than an erotic novel devoid of intellectual content and literary merit.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)539-553
    Number of pages15
    JournalGEMA Online Journal of Language Studies
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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    Keywords

    • Discourse
    • Erotic novel
    • Persuratan baru
    • Sex object
    • Story

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    Wanita sebagai objek seks : Penanganannya dalam novel bila hujan malam. / Tahir, Ungku Maimunah Mohd.

    In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 05.2012, p. 539-553.

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    Tahir, Ungku Maimunah Mohd. / Wanita sebagai objek seks : Penanganannya dalam novel bila hujan malam. In: GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 539-553.
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