Six studies examine various forms of literature in Java, Bali, and Indonesia as a whole.


Included are original texts in Balinese, Indonesian, and Javenese as well as the authors’ translations, supplemented with detailed commentaries on the works themselves and the act (or art) of translation in the Indonesian context. A valuable addition to the study of Asian literature from the standpoint of the translations themselves, the provision of texts in the original languages, and the discussions of Indonesian literary forms by leading scholars in the field. Recommended for individual scholars and libraries, and for graduate and undergraduate courses in nonwestern literature. Published under the sponsorship of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.

A. L. Becker was a linguist known for his studies of Burmese grammar and other Southeast Asian languages. He was a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan from 1968 to 1986.