Sylvia Tiwon

Associate Professor

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1985
M.A. Stanford University, 1978
BA (Sarjana Sastra), University of Indonesia, 1976

(510) 642-2791
Address & Office Hours: 

Wednesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30pm, and by appointment

342B Dwinelle Hall

Curriculum Vitae: 

Sylvia Tiwon teaches literature, gender, oral and cultural studies of Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia. Her areas of interest include national and pre-national literatures, oral discourse and mythologies, as well as socio-cultural formations at the national and sub-national levels. She has undertaken fieldwork in a number of cultural regions in the Indonesian archipelago. Her work includes the book, Breaking the Spell: Colonialism and Literary Renaissance in Indonesia (1999), and articles on literature and poetry, on women and the national imaginary, development, post-colonialism and cultural resistance in English and Indonesian. She is on the advisory board of the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, and on the editorial board of the journal Critical Asian Studies. She has contributed to the formation and development of a web-based educational forum for community-based organizations and NGOs throughout Indonesia ( She is a member of the Board of Education of the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST), and is a regular contributor to the blogspot IndoProgress. She is currently completing a book on women in the production of discourse in Indonesia and launching new research on poetry and resistance in Indonesia.