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A Malay Cinderella: Chendera Lela and Modernity in Colonial Malaya

Ahmad, Siti Nuraishah (2021) A Malay Cinderella: Chendera Lela and Modernity in Colonial Malaya. In: The Jacques deMorgan Research Seminar Series, 22 September 2021, Virtual. (Unpublished)

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Charles Perrault’s version of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon ou la Petite Pentoufle de Verre (Cendrillon, or The Little Glass Slipper; 1698) is perhaps the most well-known rendition of the centuries-old tale around the world. Its adaptation into animated or live-action films by the Hollywood film industry in the mid-to-late twentieth century has made the story familiar to millions of viewers, young and old. Interestingly, Perrault’s version also made its way into Malay literature through an adaptation and translation, Chӗndӗra Lela (1931) under the auspices of the Sultan Idris Training College’s Malay Translation Bureau. Part of the Malay Home Library Series published by the Bureau, Chӗndӗra Lela recasts Perrault’s rendition into a version deemed fit for a modern Malay readership in British-ruled Malaya. This paper attempts to trace the literary journey of Perrault’s Cinderella/Cendrillon into Malay, looking at the role of English translations of Perrault’s story, literary and cultural motifs from classical Malay literature and the book’s Orientalist illustrations, resulting in an eclectic, hybrid text.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptations, colonialism, fairy tales,
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Siti Nuraishah Ahmad
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 08:27
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 08:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/92475

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