Kartini: The Complete Writings 1898-1904

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Monash University Publishing, 2014 - History - 868 pages
In Indonesia, the legacy of Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879-1904) is celebrated on Kartini Day, every year on April 21. Around the world, Kartini is recognized as a major figure in the history of the advancement of women: a tireless and effective advocate of women's education and emancipation. However, this book is the first complete and unexpurgated collection of Kartini's published articles, memoranda, and correspondence ever published in any language. This collection reveals Kartini's importance as a pioneer of the Indonesian nationalist movement. Claiming, in her letters and petitions, her people's right to national autonomy well before her male compatriots did so publicly, Raden Ajeng Kartini used her writing in an attempt to educate the Netherlands and Dutch colonialists about Java and the aspirations of its people. Had she lived, she would have been one of Indonesia's leading pre-independence writers, as well as an educationist. In 1964, she was elevated to the status of national hero by Indonesia's first president, Sukarno. She has become one of the most well known Asian figures in the international women's movement. The product of several decades' study and based on archival sources, Kartini: The Complete Writings, 1898-1904 is extensively annotated and provided with an authoritative historical introduction by one of the world's leading Kartini authorities. The book will be the essential resource for scholars and students of Kartini and her place in Indonesian history, around the world, for many years to come. (Series: Monash Asia) [Subject: History, Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies, Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights]

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About the author (2014)

Dr Joost Coté is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has researched and published widely on early 20th century colonial modernity in the Netherlands East Indies and has written about Kartini over several decades. He has previously published three translated and annotated collections of correspondence by Kartini and her sisters.

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