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Author Lindsey, Timothy, 1962-

Title The romance of K'tut Tantri and Indonesia : text and scripts, history and identity / Timothy Lindsey
Published Kuala Lumpur ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997


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Description xx, 362 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Truth, Histories, and Other Genres -- Pt. I. Manx: Bali-Hai and Bally-Hoo -- Princess in Paradise. 2. A Cargo of Cultural Artefacts: K'tut Tantri's Western Romance of Bali. 3. Myth-makers and Anthro-apologists: Tourism, Western Imagery, and the Roots of the Romance. 4. Wars and Threats: The Serpent in the Garden -- Pt. II. Surabaya Sue: Mrs Thomas Paine of Java -- War, Revolution, and a New Romance. 5. Paradise Lost: The Japanese Occupation. 6. Surabaya Sue and the Romance of Revolutionary Indonesia. 7. Three Passports to Merdeka -- Pt. III. Vannen and K'tut Tantri: Beyond Indonesia -- Creation and Its Consequences. 8. Vannen: The Roots of the Romance. 9. K'tut Tantri: What Happened After. 10. Epaisseur Triste. 11. Rewriting an Artist-Revolutionary
Summary Finally, an attempt is made to reconcile the deconstruction of K'tut Tantri's autobiography with both an acceptance of the validity of 'alternative' historical genres and an acceptance of the problems inherent in writing a history of a living person
Focusing on the nature of biography and autobiography, this book analyses K'tut Tantri's self-defeating battle to use history - in text and film script - to define her identity and reappropriate her past. An examination of the use of ideas of 'truth' and 'fiction' in understanding the past leads to broader consideration of the nature of history and its uses
These alternative accounts of her past question the image of K'tut Tantri as hero, portraying her instead as dishonest, unstable, egoistical, and immoral. Such criticisms have overshadowed proper recognition of her role in the development of modern Indonesia, both as a bohemian hotelier in between-wars Bali and later as a propaganda broadcaster and adviser to Indonesian revolutionary leaders including Sukarno, Sutomo, and Syarifuddin
This historiographic study of K'tut Tantri - alias Vannen Walker, the journalist from the Isle of Man; Muriel Pearson, the unhappy wife; Manx, the Balinese bohemian; and Surabaya Sue, the notorious revolutionary - compares her romantic and colourful autobiography, Revolt in Paradise, with other versions of her past, including those of her fellow Bali colonists and her revolutionary comrades, as well as her foes, the Dutch, and various intelligence organizations
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-355) and index
Subject Tantri, K'tut.
Tantri, K'tut. Revolt in Paradise
Tantri, K'tut. Revolt in paradise
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
Bali (Indonesia : Province) -- Social life and customs.
Bali Island (Indonesia) -- Social life and customs.
Indonesia -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Indonesia -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945.
Indonesia -- History -- Revolution, 1945-1949 -- Personal narratives, American.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
LC no. 96033013
ISBN 983560018X