The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English traces the development of literature in the region within its historical and cultural contexts. This volume explores creative writing in English across different genres and media, establishing connections from the colonial activity of the early modern period through to contemporary writing across Southeast Asia, focusing especially on the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In this critical guide, Rajeev S. Patke and Philip Holden:

  • interweave text and context through the history of creative writing in the region
  • examine language use and variation, making use of illuminating examples from speech, poetry and fictional prose
  • trace the impact of historical, political and cultural events
  • engage with current debates on national consciousness, globalization, modernity and postmodernism
  • provide useful features including a glossary, further reading section and chapter summaries.

Direct and clearly written, this Concise History guides readers through key topics while presenting a unique, original synthesis of history and practice in Southeast Asian writing in English. It is the ideal starting point for students and all those seeking a better understanding of Southeast Asian literatures and cultures.


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1 Introduction
2 Historical contexts
3 Linguistic contexts
4 Malaysian and Singaporean writing to 1965
5 Filipino writing to 1965
6 Narrative fiction 19651990
7 Poetry 19651990
8 Drama 19651990
10 Contemporary fiction 19902008
11 Contemporary poetry 19902008
12 Contemporary drama 19902008
13 From the contemporary to the future
Works cited
Guide to further reading
Glossary of terms

9 Expatriate diasporic and minoritarian writing

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About the author (2009)

Rajeev S. Patke was educated at the University of Poona and Oxford, and is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. He is currently working on a book which develops Asian extrapolations from the writings of Walter Benjamin.

Philip Holden is the author of nearly 50 books, including the successful "Station Country "series, and "Riding Country", published in 2000 by HarperCollins. British by birth, Philip has lived and worked extensively in both Australia and New Zealand, and now lives in Christchurch, but spends as much time as he can in the more remote parts of this country.

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