Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1985
M.A. Stanford University, 1978
BA (Sarjana Sastra), University of Indonesia, 1976
Fall 2016: Tuesdays 1.30-2.30,Wednesdays 1.30 - 2.30, and by appointment in 342B Dwinelle Hall
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 (www.prakarsa-rakyat.org). 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.