The new female image: Dewi Ayu’s feminist consciousness in Cantik Itu Luka

Rahayu, Mundi and Aurita, Nahdia Aurelia (2020) The new female image: Dewi Ayu’s feminist consciousness in Cantik Itu Luka. Presented at The 1st International Conference on Recent Innovations (ICRI 2018), 26-28 Sep 2018, Jakarta.

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Abstract

Eka Kurniawan’s novel “Cantik Itu Luka” is his first major novel successfully constructs the main female character, Dewi Ayu, which is unique, controversial and heartbreaking. This study aims to analyze the main female character, Dewi Ayu, in “Cantik itu Luka.” This study argues that although the main character is not a native Javanese woman, she represents herself as a woman that is able to challenge traditional stereotypes. Based on the data analysis, Dewi Ayu’s characterization, acts and actions it can be concluded that she builds feminist consciousness. She can be called new woman because the new character is able to challenge traditional stereotypes of Dutch and Javanese woman, which is mostly characterized by obedience to man and social norms under patriarchal society. It can be found out from the analysis that Dewi Ayu feminist consciousness challenges the social norms through her rebellious spirit, self-reliance, bravity, determined, and leadership.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: feminist consciousness; Cantik itu Luka; traditional stereotype; new woman
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr Mundi Rahayu
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 20:59

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