Language and Literature
Globalization and Colonial Memory: Indonesian Travel Literature on Europe since the Reform Era
This research is about significant appearance and considerable changes in Indonesian contemporary travel literature on Europe after the reform era, in particular with regard to how Europe is perceived in these cultural productions. This change is influenced by two main factors, those are globalization and colonial memory. Using postcolonial approach, globalization and post-memory concepts, and narratology method, this research analyzes how Indonesian travel literature written since the reform era respond to the historical changes brought about by colonization, decolonization, and globalization. For the purposes of this research, a sample of ten travel literature, mostly those published in the past decade, were selected. These ten works were produced by Indonesian travelers from a variety of backgrounds and present a variety of themes with regard to Europe; this is intended to provide a wide sample, allowing a great range of perspectives to be represented. The hypothesis of this research is, despite the changes, colonial memory still shapes Indonesian contemporary travel literature. Amidst efforts to dilute boundaries, they revive oppositional relationships.