Professor Harry

Professor Harry Aveling

Adjunct Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

SS 317,


PhD, Malay Literature, National University of Singapore; DCA, Creative Writing, University of Technology, Sydney; M Ed, Multi-cultural Studies, University of New England; STM, Spirituality, Wollaston Anglican Theological College; MAppLing, Translation Studies, Newcastle.



Area of study

Asian Studies

Brief profile

Following his retirement at the end of 2008, Harry Aveling was appointed to an Adjunct Professorship in the School of Social Sciences.

Professor Aveling specialises in Indonesian and Malay literature, and Translation Studies. Besides his critical studies, he has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay, from Vietnamese Francophone writing, and also co-translated from Hindi. In 1991 he was awarded the Anugerah Pengembangan Sastera by the Federation of Malay Writers Associations (GAPENA) for his contributions to the international recognition of Malay literature.

Among his major translations are Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966-1998 (Ohio University Press 2001), short listed for the NSW Premier's Translation Prize 2003, and Saint Rosa: Selected Verse of Dorothea Rosa Herliany (IndonesiaTera 2005), winner of the Khatulistiwa Prize for Poetry, Jakarta 2006. He is the author, with Teri Yamada, of the entry on Southeast Asian Translation Traditions in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2009.

Harry Aveling has held the rank of Adjunct Professor of Southeast Asian Literature at Ohio University since 2002 and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor during Spring Quarter, 2011. In 2006 and 2007 he served as Visiting Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Indonesia. He was a Member of the Doctoral Studies Committee for the Faculty of English Linguistics and Literature, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and taught there in 2008 and 2009. In late 2010, he taught in the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Harry Aveling is a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium for World Literary History, Stockholm University, representing island Southeast Asia. He was President of the Australian Association for Literary Translation, 2005-2008, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society, a regional subgroup of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Recent publications


  • Aveling, H. and Peter Friedlander (trans.) (2014) Charandas: Treasury of Devotion, Prestige, New Delhi.
  • Aveling, H. (2013) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Cuma Tubuh Cuma Tubuh, A Body Only A Body, Penerbit Waktoe, Borabudur, Magelang.
  • Aveling, H. and Razif Bahari (trans.) (2013) Liaw Yock Fang: A History of Classical Malay Literature, Yayasan Obor, Jakarta/ISEAS, Singapore.
  • Aveling, H. and Dewi Candraningrum. (trans.) (2013) Cecap Syamsul Hari: 100 Selected Poems, Sastra Digital, Cimahi.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2012) Iwan Simatupang: Drought, Lontar Foundation, Jakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2011) Iwan Simatupang: The Pilgrim, Lontar Foundation, Jakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (ed. and trans.) (2011) Goenawan Mohamad: The 'Culture Manifesto' Affair revisited: literature and politics in Indonesia in the 1960s, a signatory's view, Working Paper 134, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Monash University, Clayton.
  • Aveling, H. (trans) (2011) Dewi Lestari: Supernova, Lontar, Jakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2011) Classical Vietnamese Legends, Prestige, New Delhi.
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (2010) Thorns in Dreams, The Gioi Publishers, Hanoi.
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (2008) Rainbow: 18 Indonesian Women Poets, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (2008) A. Ghafar Ibrahim: Takkan Hilang, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aveling, H. (2007) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Kill the Radio!, republished by Arc Publications, Norwich.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2005) Abdul Ghafar Ibrahim: Ahhh ..., Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2005) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Santa Rosa, Indonesia Tera, Magelang.
  • Aveling, H. (with Peter Friedlander) (2005) Daya Bai: The Songs of Daya Bai, Prestige, New Delhi.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2004) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Life Sentences: Selected Poems, IndonesiaTera, Magelang.
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (with Damien Kingsbury) (2003) Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia, RoutledgeCurzon, London.
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (2003) Rahasia Membutuhkan Kata, Puisi Indonesia 1966-1998, IndonesiaTera, Magelang.
  • Aveling, H. (2002) Rumah Sastra Indonesia, IndonesiaTera, Magelang
  • Aveling, H. (ed.) (with Joko Pinurbo) (2002) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Para Pembunuh Waktu, Bentang, Yogyakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.), Harun Mat Piah et al. (2002) Traditional Malay Literature, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (with Linda Owens) (2002) Joko Pinurbo, Trouser Doll, Lontar Foundation, Jakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (ed. and trans.) (2001) Dorothea Rosa Herliany: Kill the Radio!, IndonesiaTera, Magelang.
  • Aveling, H. (ed. and trans.) (2001) Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966-1998, Ohio University Press, Athens OH.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (2001) Danarto, Abracadabra, Second edition, Metafor Publishing, Jakarta.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (with Sudha Joshi) (2001) Sahajo Bai: Sahaj Prakash: The Brightness of Truth, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi.
  • Aveling, H. (2000) Shahnon Ahmad: Islam, Power and Gender, UKM Press, Bangi.
  • Aveling, H. (trans.) (with Sudha Joshi) (2000) Osho Rajneeesh: The Last Morning Star, Songs of Daya Bai, Rebel Foundation, Poona.
  • Aveling, H. (1999) Osho Rajneesh and His Disciples (ed.), Motilal Barnasidass, New Delhi.

Reports and Monographs

  • Aveling, H. (2002) 'Finding Words for Secrets: Reflections on the Translation of Indonesian Poetry', Centre of Southeast Asian Studies Working Papers Series, No.116, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Clayton.
  • Aveling, H. (with Ian Carruthers) (2001) 'Performing Shakespeare in Asia', Asian Studies Papers, Research Series, No.9, La Trobe University.

Journal Articles

  • Aveling, H. (2013) 'Translation and/as Research', Kritika Kultura, 21/22, Aug. 2013 - Feb. 2014: 164-184.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'The English Language and Global Literary Influences on the Work of Shahnon Ahmad', Malay Literature, 20 (1): 18-37.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) '"Sita Puts Out the Fire": Some Depictions of The Testing of Sita's Virtue in Indonesian, Malay and Thai Literature', Kritika Kultura, 18, Feb.: 25-43.
  • Aveling, H. (2010) 'Multiple Centres: Thinking About Translation Relations Between the First and Third Worlds', Asiatic 4(1): 1-18.
  • Aveling, H. (2010) 'Outcaste by Choice: Re-Genderings in a Short Story by Oka Rusmini', Portal 7(2): 1-17.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Literature and the Australian Study of Indonesia', RIMA,43(1): 35-50.
  • Aveling, H. (2008) '"Belatedly, Asia's Literary Scene Comes of Age": Celebratory English Discourse and the Translation of Asian Literature', Asiatic, Vol. 2, No.2: 14-24.
  • Aveling, H. and Yamada, T. (2008) 'Southeast Asian Languages and Literature', Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World Vol.7, pp.92-93.
  • Aveling, H. (2007) 'Maier: We are Playing Relatives, Rima, Vol.41, No.1: 185-193.
  • Aveling, H. (2007) 'Indonesian Literature After "Reformasi": The Tongues of Women', Kritika Kultura, No.8, pp.9-53.
  • Aveling, H. (2007) 'La Malinche, Laura Esquivel, and Translation', Translation Review, No.72, pp.41-48.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) 'A Short History of Western Translation Theory', reprinted in Susastra 3, Jurnal Ilmu Sastra dan Budaya, Himpunan Sarjana Kesusasteraan Indonesia, pp.89-107.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) 'Ethical Issues in Translation', Ideya, Vol.8, No.1, September, pp.73-81.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) 'The Coloniser and the Colonised: Reflections on Translation as Contested Space', Wacana Jurnal Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya, Vol.8, No.2, October, pp.157-169.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) 'Two Approaches to the Positioning of Translated Texts: A Comparative Study of Itamar Even-Zohar’s Polysystem Studies and Gideon Toury’s Descriptive Translation Studies and Beyond', Kritika Kultura, English Department, Ateneo de Manila University, No. 6, November, pp.6-25.
  • Aveling. H. (2004) 'A Short History of Western Translation Theory', Text: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, April,
  • Aveling, H. (2003) 'Mimpi yang Retak: Puisi Pribumi dan Puisi Kontemporer Australia', Kolong Budaya, 2, pp.74-104.
  • Aveling, H. (2003) 'On Translating Indonesian Poetry in Eight Stages', Wasafiri, 40, Winter, pp.11-15.
  • Aveling. H. (2003) '"Mistakes' in Translation: A Functionalist Approach', CELT: A Journal of Culture, English Language Teaching & Literature, 3:1, July, pp.1-12.
  • Aveling, H. (2000) 'Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1996-1998', Translation Review, No.60, pp.8-13.

Book Chapters

  • Aveling, H. (2013) 'Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh / Osho', Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol 5, ed. Knut A. Jacobson, Brill, Leiden, pp. 405-414.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'Indonedian and Malay Literature in Australia', in (ed.) Jelani Harun and Ben Murtagh: Crossing the Sea of Malay Literature: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Emeritus V.I. Braginsky, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 392-405.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'Globalisation and the Expression of Communal Disintegration in Australian Aboriginal Poetry', in (ed.) Zawawi Ibrahim: Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalising World, Malaysian Social Science Association, Kajang, pp. 409-430.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'Framing Translated Communities: A Study of the Paratexts to the Indonesian Translation of a Vietnamese Novel', in (ed.) Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf and Mohammad A. Quayum: Imagined Communitied Revisited: Critical Essays on Asia-Pacific Literatures and Cultures, IIUM Press, Batu Caves, Selangor, pp. 230-237.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'Indonesian Poetry', in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn., Princeton University Press, Princeton, pp. 701-3.
  • Aveling, H. (2012) 'Malay Poetry' in The Princeton encycolpedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn., Princeton University Press, Princeton, pp. 840-2.
  • Aveling, H. (2011) 'An Australian Perspective on Place in the Poetry of Masuri S.N.', in (ed.) Hadijah Rahmat, Mukhlis Abu Bakar and Roksana Abdullah: Masuri S.N., Sasterawan Melayu di Persada Dunia, Institut Pendidikan Nasional, Universiti Teknologi Nanyang, Singapore:, pp. 417-435.
  • Aveling, H. (2011) 'Chinese Ethnicity in Post-Reformation Women's Fiction: A Comparative Study of Two Novels by Ayu Utami and Dewi Lestari', in (ed.) Robbie B.H. Goh: Narrating Race: Asia, (Trans)Nationalism, Social Change, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 109-126.
  • Aveling, H. (2010) "Kalau Ibu Sampai Takah Tiga": 'A Comparative Study of Two Short Stories with a Similar Theme', in Siti Hajar Che Man (ed.) Resah Manusia Desa dan Kota: Sebuah 'Festschrift' untuk Shahnon Ahmad, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, pp.53-64.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Southeast Asian Traditions', in M. Baker and G. Saldanha (eds) Routledge Encylopedia of Translation Studies, Routledge, London, pp.527-533.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Seno Gumira Ajudarma (1958 -)', in D. Smyth (ed.) Southeast Asian Writers, Gale Cengage Learning, Detroit, pp. 260-263.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Danarto (1940 -)', in D. Smyth (ed.) Southeast Asian Writers, Gale Cengage Learning, Detroit, pp.31-34.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Kweris Mas (1922-1992)'', in D. Smyth (ed.) Southeast Asian Writers, Gale Cengage Learning, Detroit, pp.100-103.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Shahnon Ahmad (1933-)', in D. Smyth (ed.) Southeast Asian Writers, Gale Cengage Learning, Detroit, pp.264-267.
  • Aveling, H. (2009) 'Some Landmarks in the Development of the Indonesian Short Story', in T.S. Yamada (eds) Modern Short Fiction of Southeast Asia: A Literary History, Assocation for ASian Studies Inc, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Aveling, H. (2008) 'On Being Translated by Toeti Heraty', in E.K. Ekosiwi, M.F. Abdillah and E. Wijayanto (eds) Warna-Warni Toeti Heraty, Filsafat-Ui Press, Jakarta, pp.65-69.
  • Aveling, H. and Yamada, T. (2008) 'Novel: Southeast Asia', in P.N. Stearns (ed.) Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Vol.5), Oxford University Press, New York, pp.471-472.
  • Aveling, H. (2007) 'Some Unconventional Aspects of the Poetry of Sutardji Calzoum Bachri', in M. Mahayana (ed.) Raja Mantera Presiden Penyair, pp.102-125.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) ‘Disalib di Tengah Para Pentjuri: Sadjak-Sadjak Keagamaan W. S. Rendra’, in Edi Haryono (ed.) Membaca Kepenyairan Rendra, Kepel Press, Jakarta, pp.60-64.
  • Aveling, H. (2006) ‘Sang Penyair di New York: Sadjak-Sadjak Terbaru W. S. Rendra’, in Edi Haryono (ed.) Membaca Kepenyairan Rendra, Kepel Press, Jakarta, pp.65-83.
  • Aveling, H. (2001) '"What’s Indonesia to him, or he to Indonesia?' Reflections on an Indonesian Hamlet', in Performing Shakespeare in Asia, edited with Ian Carruthers, Asian Studies Papers, Research Series No.9, La Trobe University, pp.34-40.
  • Aveling, H. (2000) 'The Evils of Television: Some Reflections on Shahnon Ahmad’s Novel "Tivi"', in Dennis Haskell and Ron Shapiro (eds) Interactions: Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, pp.117-122.


  • (2013) 1819: 'Isa Kamari on the Foundation of Singapore', 18th Colloquium, Malaysia and Singapore Association, University of Sydney, Sydney, 5-9 December.
  • (2012) 'Love's Crystal: Translation a Vietnamese Folktale', Invited Speaker, Reaching the World: Translation and Literary Awards, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 5-9 November.
  • (2011) 'Preliminary Checklist of Translations of Non-Indonesian Literature Published by Balai Pustaka', A Treasury of Indonesian Literature; Reflecting on the Balai Pustaka Collection, Library, Monash University, 12 September.
  • (2011) 'Masa Mimpi yang Murni: Puisi dan Kemanusiaan Aborigin Australia Tradisional', Invited Speakeri, 17th Conference, MASTERA (South Asian Literary Council), Brunei, 17-18 September.
  • (2011) 'Post-colonial Literary Influences on the Work of Shahnon Ahmad', RAFIL-3: Great Asian Writers and Vernacular Literatures in a Post-Colonial Perspective, Malay Studies, NUS, 11-13 November.
  • (2011) ‘The Paratexts to the Indonesian Translation of the Vietnamese Novel without a Name’, Literature and Translation International Conference, Monash University, 11-12 July.
  • (2009) 'Multiple Centres: Thinking about Translation Relations beyond the First and Third Worlds', International Conference on World Literature and World Culture, Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History and Dept. of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong, 9-10 May.
  • (2009) 'Indonesian Literature and Translation After 1998', Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, 26-28 March.
  • (2009) 'Shahnon Ahmad: Malay Author', Workshop on Race and Nation, Family and Economy, Dept. of Malay Studies and Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 20-21 January.
  • (2008) 'An Australian Perspective on Place in the Poetry of Masuri S.N.', Kumpulan Kertas Kerja Seminar Masuri S.N., Universiti Teknologi Nanyang, 26-27 July.
  • (2006) ‘Ethnicity in Post-Reformation Indonesian Women’s Fiction: A Comparative Study of the Novels of Ayu Utami and Dewi Lestari’, International Symposium on Narrating Race between Nationalisms and Globalisation: Literary and Cultural Formulations, Dialogics, Containments, National University of Singapore, 11-14 July.
  • (2006) ‘The Role of Institutions and Translations in Shaping World Literatures', International Seminar: Redefining the Concept of World Literature, University of Indonesia.
  • (2005) 'Culture Research in the Recent Work of Itamar Even-Zohar', Translation and/as Culture Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, 11-12 November.
  • (2004) 'Indonesian Literature after Reformasi: The Tongues of Women', Reformasi, Seminar on Indonesian Elections 2004: The End of Reformasi, Regional Studies Program, Walailak University, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, 18 June, pp.144-168.
  • (2003) 'Reading Writing by Women', Language, Literature and World Peace, The Second International Seminar on English Language Studies, Yogyakarta, 5-6 May, pp.1-11.
  • (2002) 'A Broken Dreaming: Indigenous and Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Poetry', Asia-Pacific Conference-Workshop on Indigenous and Contemporary Poetry, Manila, Philippines, August (Invited presenter).
  • (2002) '"Mistakes" in Translation: A Functionalist Approach', Third Workshop, Project on Translation and Translation Theories, SOAS, London, 19-20 September.
  • (2002) 'Recent Writing by Indonesian Women', Panel on Translating Writing about Women in Southeast Asian Literature, ALTA, Chicago, 17-19 October.
  • (2001) 'Indonesian Poetry: Shadow and Light', Conference of the American Literary Translators’ Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, October (invited presenter).

Research projects


  • The works of Isa Kamari
  • The Death of Abimanyu in Indonesian and Malay Literature

Completed 2013:

  1. The Poetry of Charandas (with Peter Friedlander)

Completed 2012:

  1. Translation of A History of Classical Malay Literature by Liaw Yock Fang (With Razif Bahari)

Completed 2011:

  • Literary History of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean

Completed 2010:

  • Goenawan Mohamad and the ‘Manikebu Affair’
  • Francophone Vietnamese Literature, Duong Thu Huong

Completed 2009:

  • Indonesian Translation Traditions
  • Francophone Vietnamese Literature, Pham Duy Khiem.

Completed 2008:

  • Southeast Asian Translation Traditions
  • Indonesian Poetry by Women Authors

Completed 2007:

  • Marina La Malinche in the Works of Kim Lefevre and Laura Esquivel
  • Culture Research in the Recent Works of Itamar Even-Zohar

Completed 2006:

  • Various papers on Translation Theory
  • Translation of works by Pham Duy Khiem

Completed 2005:

  • Various papers on Translation Theory
  • Translation of the Recent Poetry of Dorothea Rosa Herliany
  • The Poetry of Daya Bai (with Peter Friedlander)