Belis Imamat, a novel by Inyo Soro in this study is a literary expression of the social condition on the bride pricing tradition ‘belis’ in the marital custom of the East Nusa Tenggara society. The discussed issues pertain to the structure builder of a story figure “Aku, an Indonesian term for ‘I or I am’ through the perspective of sociology of literature. This study aimed to describe; (1) the social and cultural background of the East Nusa Tenggara society in the Novel of Belis Imamat (priesthood as an object change for bride-price). (2) The influence of the author’s social backgrounds to the recounting story process of the novel (1) the socio-cultural background of the novel Belis Imamat reflected in the attitude of the society in strictly holding the hereditary marital tradition. The novel actually recounts a personal experience of the writer seeing the bride-pricing tradition as a serious life concern. The relationship built upon the figure of Aku/ ‘I’ with the communities’ moral sanction to his parents’ marital status for their unpaid bride-price, engaged both social and self-criticism. In fact, the story seems to evoke readers to enlightenment and awareness towards the customary practices which had been almost untouched by criticism, (2) the most basic things affect the social background of the author on the creative process of the literary work Belis Imamat in which the figure ‘I’ was born and raised by parents whose unpaid belis ‘bride price’. Setting of the recounted story is an address to the marriage customs in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia.
Siti Rodliyah, Universitas Sebelas Maret of Surakarta, Indonesia
Andrik Purwasito, Universitas Sebelas Maret of Surakarta, Indonesia
Bani Sudardi, Universitas Sebelas Maret of Surakarta, Indonesia
Wakit Abdullah, Universitas Sebelas Maret of Surakarta, Indonesia
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