Women and Modernity in Malay Television Dramas: A Case Study of "Azlina"
Shakila Manan, (2003) Women and Modernity in Malay Television Dramas: A Case Study of "Azlina". Wacana Seni (Journal of Arts Discourse), 2 . pp. 109-129. ISSN 1985-8418
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Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The year 1991 saw the unveiling of the Prime minister Mahathir's plan to transform Malaysia into a fully developed country by the year 2020. This grand plan, or Vision 2020, soon became the catch phrase of the 90's, one that the media were quick to promote and publicise via patriotic songs aired during primetime viewing and via certain television programmes. Vision 2020 is also Mahathir's modernity project as it provides the push towards greater economic prosperity, the adoption and celebration of Western technology and modern lifestyle. A move towards a modern lifestyle is not without problems. For there are bound to be contestations and conflicts, especially where women are concerned, as it requires substantive changes in the roles, status and functions of women. How have the media, in particular our local Malay dramas, responded to these contestation and conflicts in their portrayal and representation of women? How have the media, in particular our local Malay dramas, responded to the varied and complex discourses of modernity? In attempting to address these questions, this paper attempts a critical discourse analysis of one of the dramas entitled "Azlina", a TV3 offering, by focusing on the women in this drama text from the perspective of language as in presuppositions and commonsense assumptions. Presuppositions are analysed mainly to show how the underlying processes of language play a vital role in reinforcing certain prevailing representation of modern feminity, those that are shaped and informed by patriarchal discourses.
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