Catalogue

COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations.

Colony, nation, and globalisation : not at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian literature /
Eddie Tay.
imprint
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
description
viii, 165 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9789888028740, 988802874X
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
isbn
9789888028740
988802874X
catalogue key
7603642
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Eddie Tay is an assistant professor at the Department of English, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in the area of colonial and postcolonial Singaporean and Malaysian literatures written in English. He is also the author of three collections of poetry.
Excerpts
Flap Copy
This book explores colonial and postcolonial literatures of Singapore and Malaysia.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"With this book, Eddie Tay makes a dynamic contribution to a new generation of scholarship on Malaysian, Singaporean and, indeed, historical Malayan literature and culture that is driven by the problem of history, cultural identity and subjectivity that ties colonial history and experiences to 'globalised' present. His focus on the literary renditions of home, the unhomely and freedom is vivid and creates a study that will be of interest to readers in the humanities concerned with the questions of the ambiguities of national and postcolonial identity." C.J.W.-L. Wee, Associate Professor of English, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; author of Culture, Empire, and the Question of Being Modern and The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Main Description
The literature of
Main Description
The literature of Malaysia and Singapore, the multicultural epicenter of Asia, offers a rich body of source material for appreciating the intellectual heritage of colonial and postcolonial Southeast Asia. Focusing on themes of home and belong, Eddie Tay illuminates many aspects of identity anxiety experienced in the region, and helps construct a dialogue between postcolonial theory and the Anglophone literatures of Singapore and Malaysia. A chronologically ordered selection of texts is examined, including Swettenham, Bird, Maugham, Burgess, and Thumboo. The genealogy of works includes travel writings and sketches as well as contemporary diasporic novels by Malaysian and Singapore-born authors based outside their countries of origin. The premise is that home is a physical space as well as a symbolic terrain invested with social, political and cultural meanings. As discussions of politics and history argument close readings of literary works, the book should appeal not only to scholars of literature, but also to scholars of Southeast Asian politics and history.
Main Description
The literature of Malaysia and Singapore, the multicultural epicentre of Asia, offers a rich body of source material for appreciating the intellectual heritage of colonial and postcolonial Southeast Asia. Focusing on themes of home and belonging, Eddie Tay illuminates many aspects of identity anxiety experienced in the region, and helps construct a dialogue between postcolonial theory and the Anglophone literatures of Singapore and Malaysia. A chronologically ordered selection of texts is examined including Swettenham, Bird, Maugham, Burgess, and Thumboo. This genealogy of works includes colonial travel writings and sketches as well as contemporary diasporic novels by Malaysian and Singapore-born authors based outside their countries of origin. The premise is that home is a physical space as well as a symbolic terrain invested with social, political and cultural meanings. As discussions of politics and history augment close readings of literary works, the book should appeal not only to scholars of literature, but also to scholars of Southeast Asian politics and history. Book jacket.
Main Description
This book explores colonial and postcolonial literatures of Singapore and Malaysia. It traces in them a history of anxiety that attends to the notion of home. The premise is that home is a physical space as well as a symbolic terrain invested with social, political and cultural meanings.
Main Description
This book explores colonial and post-colonial literatures of Singapore and Malaysia. It traces in them a history of anxiety that attends to the notion of home. The premise is that home is a physical space as well as a symbolic terrain invested with social, political, and cultural meanings. Eddie Tay is assistant professor of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Main Description
This book explores colonial and postcolonial literatures of Singapore and Malaysia. It traces in them a history of anxiety that attends to the notion of home. The premise is that home is a physical space as well as a symbolic terrain invested with social, political, and cultural meanings.Eddie Tay is assistant professor of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Colony: British Malayap. 13
Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's 'Real Malay'p. 15
Discourses of Difference: Isabella Bird, Emily Innes, and Florence Caddyp. 31
The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgessp. 45
Nations: Malaya, Singapore, and Malaysiap. 61
'There is no way out but through': Lee Kok Liang and the Malayan Nationp. 63
Nationalism and Literature: Two Poems Concerning the Merlion and Karim Raslan's ôHeroesöp. 77
Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham 's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sunp. 93
Globalisation: Home is Elsewherep. 107
The Post-Diasporic Imagination: The Novels of K. S. Maniamp. 109
Two Singaporeans in America: Hwee Hwee Tan's Mammon Inc. and Simon Tay's Alien Asianp. 121
Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Maop. 133
Conclusionp. 151
Works Citedp. 153
Indexp. 163
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem