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Title: When Ravana Is a Hero: Anti-Colonialism in the Cont emporary Myanmar Novel Lin-­gar Di Pa Chit Thu by Chit Oo Nyo
Date of publication: 26 July 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "Ramayana or Yama in the Myanmar language, is one of Myanmar’s canonical literary works that has been prevalent since ancient times and appeared in the forms of poetry and dramatic performance. Recently, the story has been modified and reinterpreted into a contemporary novel entitled Lin-­ gar Di Pa Chit Thu by Chit Oo Nyo. Through a postcolonial perspective, the novel critiques the British-­ Myanmar colonial power relations by characterizing Ravana as the protagonist who represents Myanmar natives’ struggles against colonialism while appointing the role of the colonial powers to the Rama character. This anti-­ colonialist rewriting of Ramayana is achieved by turning upside down the traditional writing approach of the story, through which Ravana is the antagonist whereas Rama and his followers are the protagonists.".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
Author/creator: Wathanyoo Faktong
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
Format/size: pdf (256K)
Alternate URLs: http://rcsd.soc.cmu.ac.th/web/Burma/home.php#
Date of entry/update: 08 September 2015


Title: A Study of the Rise of the Burmese Novel
Date of publication: June 1968
Description/subject: Historical analysis of the Myanmar novel. The first two Myanmar novels appeared in 1904. "Maung Yin Maung Ma Me Ma" by U Hla Gyaw (1866-1920) and "Maung Hmaing" by U Kyee (1848-1908). This new literary form advanced the concept of being truthful to life and feelings as inherent to the novel....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Fiction - History.
Author/creator: Zawgyi? U Thein Han?
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Journal of the Burma Research Society", Vol. 51 , Part. 1 June 1968, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (352K-reduced version; 635K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0017.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 October 2014


Title: Myanmar Literature Project - 22: Working Paper No. 10:19 - Material on Three Novels ("Pantha Ma Sa U" and "Oil" by Ba Thoung; "May" by Dagon Taya)
Author/creator: Hans-Bernd Zoellner (ed.)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Literature Project
Format/size: pdf (855K)
Date of entry/update: 18 August 2012