Suggestions for Research Papers about the Fiction of Singapore and Malaysia

Adapted from Post-Colonial Literatures in English, ed. Rajeev S. Patke, 1998, by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University; Distinguished Visiting Professor, NUS, 1998-99.

1 Consider the dynamics of the language situation in Singapore/Malaysia writing.

2 How would you approach issues regarding 'standards' of writing?

3 Examine the role of literary magazines/journals in the development of Singapore/Malaysian fiction.

4 Discuss the influences on the development of the earliest fiction writers in Singapore/Malaysia.

5 How would you apply the notion of heteroglossia to Malaysian/Singapore texts?

6 Examine the tensions between realism and lyricism in Singapore/Malaysian writing.

7 Explore the themes of race and history as they shape the fictional texts.

8 Look at the interplay between personal memory and history in the forming of identity and meaning.

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