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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2017;5(1): 127-136.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2017.5.1.127
The Development and the Future of Japanese Literature Studies in Indonesia
Rouli ESTHER
インドネシア大学人文学部日本学科講師
Correspondence  Rouli ESTHER ,Email: rouliesther@gmail.com
  Published online: 30 December 2017.
ABSTRACT
This paper examines how Japanese literature studies in Indonesia developed. I analyzed titles of the University of Indonesia Japanese literature bachelor thesis from the 1990s to 2017 and the articles presented in the Association of Japanese Studies in Indonesia (ASJI) symposium from 2014 to 2017, written by Japanese literature scholars based in Indonesia. The result shows that until the 1990s, students tended to choose literary works of key figures in Japanese literature, such as Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke. Since, the late 2000s, however the literary works analyzed for bachelor thesis have become more varied. They now include fantasy novels, teenage novels, and literature written by women. Findings also reveal that few participants at the ASJI symposium from 2014 to 2017 presented papers on Japanese literature is low. While it is small in number, the literature themes presented at the ASJI symposium are rich and varied, including Zainichi literature, women’s literature, and children’s literature. This paper also examines reference books about Japanese literature written in Indonesian. The number of such books is still small, and requires expansion. Starting from mid-2000s, some Japanese literature scholars based in Indonesia completed postgraduate degrees abroad. Some of them have returned to Indonesia, implementing what they have learned in Japan, while other scholars have remained in Japan to pursue their studies. More work is needed for the significant development of Japanese literature studies in Indonesia, although the current progress is a good start.
Keywords: Japanese literature, development, present condition, Indonesia

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