Changing Narrative Landscape: Selected Sabah Short Stories from The 1980s To The New Millennium

  • Nursuhaila Sulaiman
  • Sim Chee Cheang Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Heritage, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Asmiaty Amat

Abstract

This article aims to highlight the changes in Sabah Malay literature by scrutinizing the changing thematic treatment and narrative styles in a selected number of short stories published in the literary magazine, Wadah, which are strategically published from the 1980s until today. Wadah is a Malay literary magazine that was initiated by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Sabah in 1986 and is designed to encourage the growth of the Malay language and literature. Through a critical analysis of the narrative styles of six short stories—namely Azmah Nordin’s “Lumbai†(1987), Jonathan Kandok’s “Mimpi Burubut†(1988), Sitti Rahman G. Ibrahim’s “Lapik Pinang†(1994), Kathrina Tahti’s “Sogit†(2000), Juri Durabi’s “Aur Sungai & Tebing†(2017) and Chacho Muhama’s “Atap Nipah†(2017)—the changing treatment of a particular recurring theme and characters in these stories will contribute to a better understanding of the development of Sabah Malay literature as part of a wider scope of Malaysian literature. The short story genre is selected based on the sustaining productivity of the selected authors and their technical contribution to the development of the particular genre. Apart from uncovering the development of Sabah Malay literature through a structural review of the selected short stories produced from the 1980s to the 2000s this research article exposes the social political influences that have shaped Sabah Malay literature in the development of Malay literature.
Keyword: Sabah Malay Literature, Wadah, short stories 1980-2017, local colour
Abstrak
Makalah ini bertujuan menyingkap perubahan Kesusasteraan Melayu di Sabah dengan meneliti tema dan gaya naratif bagi beberapa cerpen terpilih yang terbit dalam majalah Wadah, yang diterbitkan dari tahun 1980-an hingga hari ini. Wadah ialah majalah kesusasteraan Melayu yang diasaskan oleh Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka pada tahun 1986 dan direka untuk menggalakkan pertumbuhan bahasa dan sastera Melayu. Daripada analisis kritis terhadap enam cerpen gaya naratif oleh Azmah Nordin Lumbai (1987), Jonathan Kandok’s “Mimpi Burubut†(1988), Sitti Rahman G. Ibrahim’s “Lapik Pinang†(1994), Kathrina Tahti’s “Sogit†(2000), Juri Durabi’s “Aur Sungai & Tebing†(2017) and Chacho Muhama’s “Atap Nipah†(2017) perubahan terhadap tema dan watak yang sering muncul menyumbangkan pemahaman yang lebih baik terhadap pembinaan sastera Melayu sebagai sebahagian daripada Kesusasteraan Malaysia. Cerpen ini dipilih berdasarkan kemapanan penulis dalam penulisannya dan sumbangan mereka dalam genre tertentu. Selain meneliti perkembangan kesusasteraan di Sabah melalui pendekatan berstruktur cerpen tahun 1980-an hingga alaf 2000 kajian ini memaparkan pengaruh sosiopolitik yang membentuk sastera Melayu Sabah dalam perkembangan kesusasteraan Melayu.
Kata kunci: kesusasteraan Melayu Sabah, Wadah, Cerpen 1980-2017, warna tempatan

Published
2019-12-05
How to Cite
SULAIMAN, Nursuhaila; CHEANG, Sim Chee; AMAT, Asmiaty. Changing Narrative Landscape: Selected Sabah Short Stories from The 1980s To The New Millennium. Malay Literature, [S.l.], v. 32, n. 2, p. 239-256, dec. 2019. ISSN 2682-8030. Available at: <http://jurnal.dbp.my/index.php/MalayLiterature/article/view/6215>. Date accessed: 02 apr. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.37052/ml.32(2)no4.