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Author: Myfel D. Paluga

Martha Chaiklin, Philip Gooding, Gwyn Campbell (eds), Animal Trade Histories in the Indian Ocean World [Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies], 2020, London: Palgrave Macmillan, xvii + 324 pp. ISBN: 9783030425951, EUR 67.40 (ebook); 9783030425975, EUR 87.19 (softcover); 9783030425944, EUR 117.69 (hardcover).

This volume is the first of a series of multi-themed studies on the Indian Ocean World (IOW) under the editorship of Gwyn Campbell, founding director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University in Canada. The overall orientation of the series is that it ‘breaks from the

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Author: E.P. Wieringa

Willem Remmelink, Babad Tanah Jawi, The Chronicle of Java: The revised prose version of C.F. Winter, Sr. (KITLV Or 8), 2022, Leiden: Leiden University Press, xxxviii + 1086 pp., ISBN: 9789087283810; price: EUR 135.00 (hardback); 9789400604320, free (ePUB).

The main title of this book under review announces that it concerns a Javanese text, known as Babad Tanah Jawi or “the Chronicle of Java.” However, as the subtitle makes clear, it is not another edition of the so-called Babad Meinsma (first published in 1874), which is best known in academic circles

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Author: Luqman Lee


This article examines the performance of non-heteronormative modes of gender in Malaysia’s longest-running Malay sitcom, Senario. My close textual reading centres on two episodes to identify the show’s linkages with broader Malay socio-cultural attitudes about gender fluidity. Three facets of Senario’s non-heteronormativity are foregrounded: (1) the religio-cultural belief that gender fluidity, sexual deviancy, and non-heteronormative identities are ‘conditions’ that can be ‘corrected’; (2) that this gender ‘correction’ is a recourse that privileges the masculine, and (3) that heteronormative binary roles are sustained even when imagining inversions of gender. By correlating these performances with wider religious and cultural beliefs/practices, and historical developments, it is observed that Senario’s gender performatives were heavily influenced by, and inflected with, real-world biases towards non-heteronormative communities. This work represents a meaningful step towards addressing the present lacuna of critical scholarship on Malay television representations of non-heteronormative gender identities.

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