Control of Women's Body as Cultural-Political Legitimation in Novel Putri China by Sindhunata

Authors

  • Resa Sartika Universitas Sebelas Maret
  • Dwi Susanto
  • Prasetyo Adi Wisnu Wibowo

Keywords:

discrimination, female body, domination, Discourse Theory, legitimacy

Abstract

This article aims to describe the depiction of the female body's domination as a form of political-cultural legitimacy raised in the Putri Cina novel. Michel Foucault's theory of discourse is used as a tool of analysis to reveal how sexuality is closely related to power practices. The discourse that is present in the novel is dissected by qualitative methods, descriptive qualitative, and interpretative data analysis techniques. The results showed that the two main characters of this novel were women of Chinese ethnicity who experienced oppression in Java. The existence of a cultural identity crisis, abjection, passivity, not subversion represents women's figure out. This perspective is intertwined with how indigenous men perceive Chinese female figures. Sindhunata describes the unequal construction of sexuality between men and women and the discrimination of the Chinese race as repeated during the kingdom era, pre-independence to the orde baru era.

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Published

2021-05-03
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