Singapore, literature and identity

Article


Wicks, Peter. 1998. "Singapore, literature and identity." Asian Culture Quarterly. 26 (1), pp. 1-8.
Article Title

Singapore, literature and identity

Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorWicks, Peter
Journal TitleAsian Culture Quarterly
Journal Citation26 (1), pp. 1-8
Year1998
Place of PublicationTaipei, Taiwan
Abstract

[Introduction]: Ever since Singapore was abruptly ejected from the Federation of Malaysia in August, 1965, the leaders of the island state have been quick to offer metaphors and slogans as to its identity. Terms such as a “rugged society”, the “regional hub”, an “electronic entrepot for East Asia”, “the Boston of the East”, even “a city where dreams can be met” come readily to mind. Such pithy terms have a point. From a problem-plagued port and immigrant frontier just over a generation ago, Singapore’s status as the world’s premier city-state is hard-earned but assured. It is the purpose of this paper, however, to consider definitions of Singapore other than those offered by the governing elite, and specifically those offered by Singapore’s burgeoning literary community. It is, of course, acknowledged that the State provides a decisive role in the formulation of all public policy in contemporary Singapore, and further that creative writing in Singapore is subject to a very significant amount of self-censorship (by both authors and publishers), within the “OB” (out of bounds) criteria established but the State. Nevertheless, it is also assumed for the purpose of this analysis that there is a degree of civil society in contemporary Singapore, i.e. there is some space between State and society, in this case for creative authors, and that several prominent creative writers do give voice to issues of civil society in that country.

KeywordsSingapore, Singaporean literature, fiction
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470524. Other Asian literature (excl. South-East Asian)
Public Notes

Publisher unable to be contacted.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Permalink -

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/9yw01/singapore-literature-and-identity

Download files


Published Version
Wicks_Asian_Culture_Q_v26n1.pdf
File access level: Anyone

  • 2354
    total views
  • 4436
    total downloads
  • 2
    views this month
  • 3
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Another Malaysia: Maniam's short stories
Wicks, Peter. 2001. "Another Malaysia: Maniam's short stories." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Malaysian literature in English: a critical reader. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Longman/Pearson Education Malaysia. pp. 290-297
K S Maniam (1942-)
Wicks, Peter. 2007. "K S Maniam (1942-)." The Literary Encyclopedia. 16 Apr.
Afterword [to Tigers in paradise: the collected works of Philip Jeyaretnam]
Wicks, Peter. 2004. "Afterword [to Tigers in paradise: the collected works of Philip Jeyaretnam]." Jeyaretnam, Philip (ed.) Tigers in paradise: the collected works of Philip Jeyaretnam. Singapore. Times Editions. pp. 411-416
Introduction [to Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader]
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Introduction [to Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader]." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Serdang, Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press. pp. xi-xiii
From Kulim to Singapore: Catherine Lim's literary life
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "From Kulim to Singapore: Catherine Lim's literary life." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Serdang, Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press. pp. 353-364
Politics and loss in Philip Jeyaretnam's Singaporean fiction
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Politics and loss in Philip Jeyaretnam's Singaporean fiction." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Serdang, Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press. pp. 433-442
Singapore, literature and identity
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Singapore, literature and identity." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Serdang, Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press. pp. 73-80
Asia in recent Australian literature
Wicks, Peter. 1999. "Asia in recent Australian literature." Asian Culture Quarterly. 27 (2), pp. 59-66.
Maniam's Malyasian vision
Wicks, Peter. 1997. "Maniam's Malyasian vision." Asian Profile. 25 (5), pp. 387-396.
Daren Shiau (1971-)
Wicks, Peter. 2007. "Daren Shiau (1971-)." The Literary Encyclopedia. 1 Sept.
Claire Tham (1967-)
Wicks, Peter. 2007. "Claire Tham (1967-)." The Literary Encyclopedia. 1 Sept.
Rex Shelley (1930-)
Wicks, Peter. 2007. "Rex Shelley (1930-)." The Literary Encyclopedia. 13 Aug.
Philip Jeyaretnam (1964-)
Wicks, Peter. 2007. "Philip Jeyaretnam (1964-)." The Literary Encyclopedia. 10 May.
Eurasian images of Singapore in the fiction of Rex Shelley
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Eurasian images of Singapore in the fiction of Rex Shelley." Quayum, Mohammed A. and Wicks, Peter (ed.) Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Serdang, Malaysia. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press. pp. 377-383
A dream shattered: Lloyd Fernando's literary vision of Malaysia
Wicks, Peter. 2000. "A dream shattered: Lloyd Fernando's literary vision of Malaysia." Asian Culture Quarterly. 28 (2), pp. 49-53.
Generation and identity in Claire Tham's Singaporan Stories (review article)
Wicks, Peter. 1999. "Generation and identity in Claire Tham's Singaporan Stories (review article)." Asian Profile. 27 (5), pp. 457-459.
Emergent voices in Singaporean fiction in English
Wicks, Peter. 2004. "Emergent voices in Singaporean fiction in English." Asian Profile. 32 (1), pp. 31-40.
Parameters of Malaysian identity in the novels of Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Parameters of Malaysian identity in the novels of Lloyd Fernando and K S Maniam." Asian Profile. 30 (1), pp. 27-36.
Malaysian landscapes in the fiction of K S Maniam
Wicks, Peter. 2000. "Malaysian landscapes in the fiction of K S Maniam." Journal of Commonwealth and PostColonial Literature. 7 (2), pp. 73-87.
Diaspora and identity in the fiction of K S Maniam
Wicks, Peter. 2002. "Diaspora and identity in the fiction of K S Maniam." The Atlantic Literary Review. 3 (4), pp. 115-127.
Politics and loss in Philip Jeyaretnam's Singaporean fiction
Wicks, Peter. 1998. "Politics and loss in Philip Jeyaretnam's Singaporean fiction." Asian Profile. 26 (5), pp. 357-365.
From Kulim to Singapore: Catherine Lim's literary life
Wicks, Peter. 1996. "From Kulim to Singapore: Catherine Lim's literary life." Asian Culture Quarterly. 24 (4), pp. 25-36.
Malaysia as myth in K. S. Maniam's In a Far Country
Wicks, Peter. 1998. "Malaysia as myth in K. S. Maniam's In a Far Country ." Asian Culture Quarterly. 26 (4), pp. 59-64.
A feminine perspective on Malaysian identity in K. S. Maniam's Between Lives
Wicks, Peter. 2005. "A feminine perspective on Malaysian identity in K. S. Maniam's Between Lives." Asian Profile. 33 (2), pp. 135-138.