SEMINAR IN S,SEASN - Southeast Asia: Historiography and Theory

M 2-5P

This graduate seminar will be an introduction to debates and current research on the histories, cultures, and literatures of Southeast Asia. We will discuss historiographical efforts to conceptualize and teach about the region as a bounded field of study. Attention will be paid to the different approaches that Southeast Asian, European, American, and Japanese scholarship have taken to Southeast Asian Studies. We will analyze the place of religion, race, colonialism, Chineseness and other minority identities, gender, the idea of self-writing, and of pre-colonial tradition in Southeast Asianist discourse. There will be an focus on primary source-based research and the seminar will include a writing-workshop component. Readings may include works by Barbara Andaya, Benedict Anderson, Clifford Geertz, Ariel Heryanto, Ray Ileto, Rudolf Mrazek, Sheldon Pollock, James Scott, Ann Stoler, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Oliver Wolters, and others.


The Flaming Womb, B. Andaya, University of Hawaii Press, ISBN: 0824832884

Pasyon and Revolution, Reynoldo Ileto, University of Hawaii Press, ISBN: 9715502326

Engineers of Happy Land, Rudolf Mrazek, Princeton University Press, ISBN: 0691091625

History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian Perspectives, Oliver Wolters, Cornell SE Asia Program Publications, ISBN: 0877277257

Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, James C. Scott, Yale University Press, ISBN: 0300036418

Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial rule, Ann Laura Stoler, University of California Press, ISBN: 0520262468

Fall 2012