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Between Seeing and Listening: Dias Novita Wuri on Birth Canal

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In this article: Dias Novita Wuri

Written by Thuy Dinh, and was originally published in Asymptote

Oct 19, 2023

For me, it was important to talk about everyone's story and experience with the term “motherhood”.

In Birth Canal, Dias Novita Wuri masterfully braids disparate storylines of women across various countries and time periods to track the shifting contexts of sexuality, femininity, family, and gender roles. What results is an alternative face of history, from the violence of wartime and colonialism to the contemporary dynamics of sex work and objectification. As our September Book Club selection, this subversive and unflinching text defies generalisation and presumption to consider the many ways a body can be used—and freed. In this interview, Novita Wuri speaks on how the women in her life inspired the novel, sexuality and politics in Indonesia, and the mental anguish that surrounded the writing and reading of this powerful text.

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