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The Trilogy of Gadis Tangsi Novels By Suparto Brata: Postcolonial Pragmatism Study

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.4, No. 3)

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Page : 1826-1831

Keywords : Gadis Tangsi Novels; postcolonial pragmatism; intention; representation; expression; reference; projection;

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This study discusses five aspects (intention, representation, expression, reference, projection) which build literary communication system (Gadis Tangsi Novels) based on postcolonial pragmatism theory. Intention analysis indicates that by writing the novel the author wanted to convey historical experience (colonial) and cultural past (kingdom) that could be used by readers as meaningful matter for the future. Representation analysis indicates that Gadis Tangsi novels represent colonial aspects in the form of power relations (dominative, tendentious, legitimate, emancipative, inspirational, compromising), identity (hybrid), mimicry (impersonation that undermines the essence of invaders), and resistance, which is against oneself. Expression analysis shows that colonial aspect of the novel is expressed verbally (narrative structure, space, time) and non-verbally (visual). Reference analysis points out that the colonial aspect of the novel can be a reference for the emergence of thematic ideas (ideological) of justice, wisdom, democratization, respect for oneself and others, dynamic, creativity, independence, national spirit, and insight into the future. Projection analysis indicates that the thematic ideas in this novel can be used as a projection medium for readers life in developing character. Since this novel is loaded with positive ideas (character and value), Gadis Tangsi novels deserve to be teaching material in schools and literary study material in higher education grade.

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