Course: Approaches to Teaching Singapore Anglophone Literature

Teaching Singapore Literature
This workshop offers a survey of some of the major representations of Singapore, ranging from works produced at the historical moment of its inception as a territory to contemporary writers’ expressions of individual and collective identity and experiences unique and particular to Singapore society and culture.

Join us if you are a English / Literature teacher, working on developing teaching curriculum, a writer, a book lover, or just interested to know more about Singapore Literature.

This introduction, using the anthology Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature, will be structured on certain pedagogical practices (hence the workshop activities will be based on reader response, oral performances, group work, critical close reading, analytical writing, collective evaluation, and so on), and inflected with cultural studies theories (selected philosophical notions of language and literary form, modernism and post-modernist forces, colonial and postcolonial frames, and so forth).

The morning will focus on historical and social contexts, map out collectively a time-space-theme continuum, and discuss pre-1965 texts.

The afternoon, focusing on post-1965 and contemporary Singapore writing, will cover genres, stylistics, and other literary elements in selected texts.

At the end of the day, stay on for tea with a few Singapore authors who will be invited to read and talk about their work.

Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara, US

Shirley’s first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula, received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Since then, she has published four volumes of poetry, three books of short stories and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, which received the American Book Award for non-fiction.

She has published two critical studies and has edited/co-edited many critical volumes, including The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women’s Anthology which received the 1990 American Book Award. She has edited/co-edited issues of various journals and has works in journals like Feminist Studies and New Literatures Review.

She was also awarded the Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date: 4 August 2010, Wednesday
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Imagination Room, Level 5, National Library, Victoria St.

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Tel: (65) 6848 8290


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