Proceedings of the Third International Seminar on Recent Language, Literature, and Local Culture Studies, BASA, 20-21 September 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

The Powerless Supernatural Creature as the Victim Figure in Roh dari Masa Lampau

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.20-9-2019.2296822,
        author={Fitria Sis Nariswari and M.  Yoesoef},
        title={The Powerless Supernatural Creature as the Victim Figure in Roh dari Masa Lampau},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the Third International Seminar on Recent Language, Literature, and Local Culture Studies, BASA, 20-21 September 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={BASA},
        year={2020},
        month={6},
        keywords={abdullah harahap roh dari masa lampau powerless supernatural creature horror},
        doi={10.4108/eai.20-9-2019.2296822}
    }
    
  • Fitria Sis Nariswari
    M. Yoesoef
    Year: 2020
    The Powerless Supernatural Creature as the Victim Figure in Roh dari Masa Lampau
    BASA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-9-2019.2296822
Fitria Sis Nariswari1,*, M. Yoesoef1
  • 1: University of Indonesia
*Contact email: fitriasisn@gmail.com

Abstract

The strongest emotion within human nature is fear[1], meanwhile, the strongest type of fear is the fear over the unknown[2]. Freud developed a concept called das Unheimliche that is related to stories which can trigger fear and terror. The horror stories permeated in Indonesia during the period of 1970-1990s were considered as the third-rate literature, even though it had a considerable amount of readers who were fans of these stories. During the period, several horror writers were coming into the spotlight. However, Abdullah Harahap, who were prominent among readers during 1970-1990s, turns to be a less-known writer when it comes to academic research. Yet, only Abdullah Harahap who could set the record as the most productive horror writer compared to the others. This research examines Roh dari Masa Lampau (1981), a novel written by an Indonesian writer Abdullah Harahap. This research aims to reveal how the ideology of a literary work can impact the broader context of society. During this time, the discussion of Abdullah Harahap's work revolved around a mystery or erotic stories. The stories of Abdullah Harahap show that the supernatural creature pays its revenge using human as the medium. It shows that there is a definitive border between the worlds of supernatural and human. The border signifies that some particular matters cannot be crossed. Each creature has its own space; therefore, the presence of the other creatures will be considered as a threat.