Introduction: In a Bunga Raya Park—The State of Malaysian Anglophone Literature

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The objective of this introduction is twofold: firstly, to illustrate the state of Malaysian Anglophone literature, and secondly, to elucidate the aims, structure, and scope of the book. In the first section, I will provide an outline of the inception and evolution of the tradition, explain its failures and achievements, and expound on the sociopolitical and cultural factors that challenge writers. In the second section, I will introduce the chapters, explain my rationale for putting together this book, and recount the book’s design as well as some of its recurring themes: ethnicity, gender, diaspora, and nationalism...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Malaysian Literature in English
Subtitle of host publicationEthnicity, Gender, Diaspora, and Nationalism
EditorsMohammad Quayum
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-5021-5
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-5020-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameAsia in Transition
ISSN (Print)2364-8252
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8260


  • Malaysian literature in English
  • Malaysian Anglophone literature


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