The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English

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From the contemporary
to the future

Overview

A concluding chapter needs to look both backwards and forwards: to trace the route that a literary history has travelled, and also to look speculatively towards the future. In the course of our narrative, we have frequently encountered notions of technological modernization, social modernity, and modernist literary or artistic movements. Our literary history began with an account of how work in English by writers from Southeast Asia had its origin in British and American colonialism, which presented itself rhetorically as a modern form of government, bringing the fruits of the Enlightenment to subject peoples: those struggling against colonialism, in turn, did so by claiming modernity as their own. We conclude first with a retrospective account of the extent to which notions of the ‘modern’, in its many refractions (modernity, modernization, modernism, postmodernity and postmodernism) have a bearing on Anglophone literary developments in Southeast Asia, and especially to how those notions blend with, and at times challenge, contemporary ideas about cosmopolitanism and intercultural hybridity. We then move to an examination of how such concepts intermesh with changing technologies of reception and production, and how digital technologies in particular have challenged both linguistic boundaries and divisions between elite and mass culture.


From decolonization through modernity to cosmopolitanism

Given the complicated relation of the word ‘modern’ to its derivatives, it might be useful to recognize that neither modernity nor modernism are monolithic or homogeneous, and that the former, in all its diverse manifestations, can be said to refer to a societal project, whereas the latter can be treated as a hold-all term referring to a loose set of aesthetic ideas, practices and strategies that were at odds with, or ran against the grain of, the former. Some accounts treat both the societal project of modernity and the aesthetic tendencies and practices loosely grouped under the notion of

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Table of contents

  • The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English i
  • Routledge Concise Histories of Literature Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments x
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Historical Contexts 9
  • 3 - Linguistic Contexts 28
  • 4 - Malaysian and Singaporean Writing to 1965 43
  • 5 - Filipino Writing to 1965 62
  • 6 - Narrative Fiction 1965–1990 81
  • 7 - Poetry 1965–1990 100
  • 8 - Drama 1965–1990 125
  • 9 - Expatriate, Diasporic and Minoritarian Writing 137
  • 10 - Contemporary Fiction 1990–2008 151
  • 11 - Contemporary Poetry 1990–2008 165
  • 12 - Contemporary Drama 1990–2008 190
  • 13 - From the Contemporary to the Future 203
  • Works Cited 217
  • Guide to Further Reading 236
  • Glossary of Terms 252
  • Index 257
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