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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55255
Doc. No:TL25209
Call number:‭3411060‬
Main Entry:Tiffany Aimee Tsao
Title & Author:Mutations of progress: Evolution and civilisation in the Indonesian ArchipelagoTiffany Aimee Tsao
College:University of California, Berkeley
Date:2009
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2009
Page No:216
Abstract:This dissertation is a literary study of how four different writers employ the Indonesian Archipelago as a setting in which to conceive of human civilisation as a movement away from the material reality of Darwinian natural selection. The writers featured are the nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, British-Polish writer Joseph Conrad, the Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and the British-Chinese novelist Timothy Mo. In their works, the immense cultural and racial diversity of the region, as well as its history of political and economic conflict, makes it a site peculiarly suited to exploring the dynamics between the savage struggle for existence which characterises material existence, and human attempts to evolve out of that savagery to achieve a state of civilisation. However, because such attempts go against the fundamental nature of earthly existence, they are doomed to failure.
Subject:Language, literature and linguistics; Indonesia; Evolution; Civilization; Progress; Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Conrad, Joseph; Britain; Comparative literature; Asian literature; British and Irish literature; 0593:British and Irish literature; 0305:Asian literature; 0295:Comparative literature
Added Entry:I. Duncan
Added Entry:University of California, Berkeley