Parameters of Malaysian identity in the novels of Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam

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Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Parameters of Malaysian identity in the novels of Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam." Asian Profile. 30 (1), pp. 27-36.
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Parameters of Malaysian identity in the novels of Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam

ERA Journal ID18720
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorWicks, Peter
Journal TitleAsian Profile
Journal Citation30 (1), pp. 27-36
Number of Pages9
Year2002
PublisherAsian Research Service
Place of PublicationVancouver, BC, Canada
ISSN0304-8675
Web Address (URL)http://www.asianresearchservice.com/Asianprofile.htm
Abstract

This paper focuses on the works of two leading Malaysian novelists, Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam, of Eurasian and Tamil descent respectively. Both of these men have published two novels to date, and both have developed themes pertinent to the identity of the land in which they live, and the peoples who live there, those whom the inimitable Dennis Bloodworth once termed the “mythical Malaysians.” The novels by Fernando and Maniam confirm that the parameters of Malaysian identity were, and remain, communally defined and exclusionist. In the contemporary world of nation-states, not all colonization is externally inspired.

KeywordsLloyd, Fernando, Maniam, Malaysian literature, Malaysian identity, Malaysia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470529. South-East Asian literature (excl. Indonesian)
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