|Title:||<Articles>Playing along the Perak River: Readings of an Eighteenth-Century Malay State|
|Authors:||Bakar, Husni Abu|
|Publisher:||Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University|
|Journal title:||Southeast Asian Studies|
|Abstract:||This essay questions the construction of cartographic, historical, and literary artifacts underlying the cognitive foundations of an eighteenth-century Southeast Asian state on the Malay Peninsula—Perak—by exploring alternative modes of reading. Through a narratological and historiographical exploration of nonconventional textual elements in Misa Melayu—a Malay text that contains accounts of Perak’s statecraft— and several other primary and secondary sources, I seek new, alternative, more playful, and enlightening ways of navigating and thinking about a Malay(sian) geopolitical entity beyond prescribed Cartesian maps and boundaries.|
|Rights:||©Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University|
|Appears in Collections:||Vol.4 No.1|
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