• Indonesian Notebook: A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference

    Editor(s): Brian Russell Roberts, Keith Foulcher
    Pages: 288
    Illustrations: 24 illustrations
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  • Acknowledgments  ix

    Abbreviations  xv

    Bibliography of Translated and Republished Sources  xvii

    On the Translations  xxi

    On Spelling and Personal Names  xxiii

    Introduction. Richard Wright on the Bandung Conference, Modern Indonesia on Richard Wright  1

    Part I. Transnational Crosscurrents

    1. The Indonesian Embassy's Cultural Life of Indonesia (Excerpts) (1951)  35

    2. Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "The Definition of Literature and the Question of Beauty" (1952)  43

    3. S. M. Ardan's "Pramoedya Heads Overseas" (1953)  50

    4. De Preangerbode's Review of The Outsider (1954)  56

    5. Beb Vuyk's "Stories in the Modern Manner" (1955)  59

    Part II. An Asian-African Encounter

    6. A Sheaf of Newspaper Articles: Richard Wright in Indonesia's Daily Press (1955)  67

    7. Mochtar Lubis's "A List of Indonesian Writers and Artists" (1955)  89

    8. Gelanggang's "A Conversation with Richard Wright" (1955)  95

    9. Konfrontasi's "Synopsis" of Wright's "American Negro Writing" (1955)  106

    10. Richard Wright's "The Artist and His Problems" (1955)  122

    11. Anas Ma'ruf's "Richard Wright in Indonesia" (1955)  138

    Part III. In the Wake of Wright's Indonesian Travels

    12. Beb Vuyk's "Black Power" (1955)  145

    13. Beb Vuyk's "H. Creekmore and Prostest Novels" (1955)  152

    14. Asrul Sani's "Richard Wright: The Artist Turned Intellectual" (1956)  159

    15. Frits Kandou's "Richard Wright's Impressions of Indonesia" (1956)  171

    16. Beb Vuyk's "A Weekend with Richard Wright" (1960)  182

    17. Goenawan Mohamad's "Politicians" (1977)  207

    18. Seno Joko Suyono's "A Forgotten Hotel" (2005)  214

    Afterword. Big History, Little History, Interstitial History: On the Tightrope between Polyvocality and Lingua Franca  229

    Works Cited  239

    Index  253
  • "Roberts and Foulcher have used impeccable literary historical scholarship in producing a book that maps new territory for studies of Richard Wright’s life, works, and prophetic acumen. Indonesian Notebook is exceptionally valuable for anyone, including political scientists and historians, who is interested in what world literature created during the Cold War period actually challenges us to interpret."

    "Indonesian Notebook fills out the broader picture of Wright and the conference. It performs a valuable service ... and should encourage further scholarly digging in locales and languages affected by the conference."

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  • "Roberts and Foulcher have used impeccable literary historical scholarship in producing a book that maps new territory for studies of Richard Wright’s life, works, and prophetic acumen. Indonesian Notebook is exceptionally valuable for anyone, including political scientists and historians, who is interested in what world literature created during the Cold War period actually challenges us to interpret."

    "Indonesian Notebook fills out the broader picture of Wright and the conference. It performs a valuable service ... and should encourage further scholarly digging in locales and languages affected by the conference."

  • "An invaluable guide to Richard Wright and to a transnational American studies with new geographical coordinates. Gathering together the documents—Indonesian and Dutch as well as English—written before, during, and after Wright's participation in the 1955 Bandung Conference, Brian Russell Roberts and Keith Foulcher go behind and beyond The Color Curtain, giving us a fresh window on a key historical moment."  — Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University

    "In this groundbreaking account of Richard Wright and Bandung, Brian Russell Roberts and Keith Foulcher advance in fresh and unexpected ways our conversations on the postcoloniality of black histories in the West and the tangled legacies of white supremacy in Asian and African colonialism. Indonesian Notebook's rich layering of Indonesian sources makes this book an indispensable addition to Wright scholarship and reminds us that the quest for equality must confront the stubborn local socioeconomic realities throughout the globe."  — Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University

    "This notebook is a tour de force of comparative literary and cross-cultural historical interpretation. Through meticulous scholarship and lucid commentaries Brian Russell Roberts and Keith Foulcher pioneer an innovative approach to Indonesian and African American literatures without reference to cores, peripheries, canons, or English as anything other than a useful lingua franca. This brilliant book demonstrates why scholarly collaboration does the best job of excavating lost interactions between people, cultures, and languages during the big events of planetary history."  — Tony Day, Associate Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

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    While Richard Wright's account of the 1955 Bandung Conference has been key to shaping Afro-Asian historical narratives, Indonesian accounts of Wright and his conference attendance have been largely overlooked. Indonesian Notebook contains myriad documents by Indonesian writers, intellectuals, and reporters, as well as a newly recovered lecture by Wright, previously published only in Indonesian. Brian Russell Roberts and Keith Foulcher introduce and contextualize these documents with extensive background information and analysis, showcasing the heterogeneity of postcolonial modernity and underscoring the need to consider non-English language perspectives in transnational cultural exchanges. This collection of primary sources and scholarly histories is a crucial companion volume to Wright'sThe Color Curtain.
     
     
     

    About The Author(s)

    Brian Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University and the author of Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era
     
    Keith Foulcher is Honorary Associate in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney and the coeditor of Clearing a Space: Postcolonial Readings of Modern Indonesian Literature.
     
     
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