While sex is generally taboo in many Asian societies, including the Malay-Indonesian contexts, this subject as a form of social control and potent aphrodisiac seems to be obvious in the older texts. In modern literary texts, sex ranges from moralistic postures to erotic imageries, to a point where some writers were condemned as vulgar and pornographic. There are some writers however, who are able to depict sexual scenes and objects in a subtle and entertaining way with great literary finesse. Join Dr Faisal Tehrani and Juffri Supaat in this edition of Cita Seni, where they share the fascinating research and documentation of this supposedly taboo topic, as documented in Malay classical as well as modern texts.
This session will be conducted in Malay and moderated by Dr Azhar Ibrahim.
Cita Seni is co-presented by The Arts House and the NUS Department of Malay Studies.