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Javanese Literary Canon defined by Dutch Philologists

Scanning Nancy Florida's Javanese Literature in Surakarta Manuscripts Vol 1 on Google Books, found the following reference on a footnote on p.14:

 

"The canon, as it is popularly construed and institutionally propagated in Indonesia today, includes the Old Javanese Kakawin classics favoured by the Dutch and Dutch-inspired philologists, but it features certain genres of works composed by the "poets-laureate" of the Surakarta Renaissance. The most often invoked canonical texts of "traditional" Javanese literature in today's Indonesia are the Yasadipuran Bratayuda, Rama, and Dewaruci (Modern Javanese versions of the Old Javanese "classics"), Mangkunagara IV's Weddhatama and Prakubuwana IV's Wulang Reh (ultra-refined didactic works composed by the two Javanese rulers to teach proper behaviour in the hierarchically stratified society of the nineteenth-century court), Ronggawarsita's Kalatidha (a didactic "prophecy"), and the "encyclopedic" Centhini (the overtly Islamic content of which tends to be ignored). ..."

 

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