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Representations: Erotic Literature: Indonesia
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Javanese cultural concepts of the ideal woman

Indonesian woman has historically been categorized (by men or by her culture) as a soft and lovely creature, as represented by the ideal Javanese woman, and a literary description of what makes a “good” or “bad” woman became established over time. In Indonesian culture, woman are fo…

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Dewajati, Cahyaningrum, “Representations: Erotic Literature: Indonesia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0623b>
First published online: 2009

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