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Shadow and Sign
By James Siegel

Shadow and Sign

Historical Thought of a Sumatran People

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Shadow and Sign by James Siegel

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Atjeh was a kingdom in northern Sumatra which had a long history ofrebellion and unrest. As a Mulim Sultanate from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, Atjeh engaged in internalpolitical struggle. Since the nineteenth century, Atjeh has been under Dutch, Japanese, or Indonesian control - domination to which the Atjeh never passively yielded. In "Shadow and Sound" James Siegel arges that the Atjehnese view of history, as expressed in the language of their epic poetry, is based not on the fixing of historical fact, but on a flow of words that is actually immune to the past. Siegel traces the Atjehnese treatment of history through two epics and a folktale. In his interpretation he goes beyond the idea tht texts such as these are semi-accurate historical documents to show tht tempo, rhythm, rhyme, and melody replace the significance of the content. Furthermore, he uncovers which Atjehnese frameworks - native genres ranging from dream interpretation to conventions of braggadocio- illuminate their own sense of history. Siegel first translates one of the important remaining epics on a historical topic, the "Hikajat PotjoetMoehamat," and provides an analysis based on the narratve, prosodic structure and his observation of the recitation of epics. He then translates and analyzes two other pieces: a tale entitled "Si Meuseukin's Wedding" and another epic, the last popular one, "Hikajat Prang Sabil." Finally he indicates how a similar treatment of history continues in present-day Atjeh. The analyses demonstrate that in the context of centuries of violence and disruption the Atjehnese have maintained an ability to speak of the past in such ways that it is turned into triumph, not by dwelling on heroic victories but by controlling language. Siegel's way of looking at the relationship between history and literature will be valuable not only in anthropology but in literary history and comparative studies in literature and politics as well."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226756905
ISBN-10: 0226756904
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1979
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Siegel

James Siegel, associate professor of anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University, is the author of "The Rope of God."

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