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Peninsular Muse

Interviews with Modern Malaysian and Singaporean Poets, Novelists and Dramatists


M.A. Quayum

This book brings together for the first time interviews with sixteen major writers in the English language from Malaysia and Singapore. Three generations of writers representing various literary genres and ethnic groups come together to make this book fully illustrative of the literature of the two countries. In their respective interviews, the writers discuss significant issues pertaining to their own lives, careers, and works. They also explain what they think of the present state of their own societies, literatures, and cultures, and where they stand vis-à-vis the questions of religion, science, technology, censorship, gender, ethnicity, multiculturalism, nationalism, and globalisation. Moreover, the writers comment on the challenges they encounter writing in an «alien» language as well as in an environment of growing materialism and technocracy; and, finally, they discuss the future of their own writing and writing in English in Malaysia and Singapore more generally.
Contents: Edwin Thumboo (1933-) – Wong Phui Nam (1935-) – Robert Yeo (1940-) – Catherine Lim (1942-) – Muhammad Haji Salleh (1942-) – Chuah Guat Eng (1943-) – Shirley Geok-lin Lim (1944-) – Leong Liew Geok (1947-) – Suchen Christine Lim (1948-) – Kirpal Singh (1949-) – Kee Thuan Chye (1954-) – Che Husna Azhari (1955-) – Marie Gerrina Louis (1964-) – Philip Jeyaretnam (1964-) – Lau Siew Mei (1968-) – Dina Zaman (1969-).