Poetry and the Renaissance Machine in Singapore

March 31, 2005

This article was published in Harvard Asia Quarterly, Volume 9.1-2 (2005).


This article is one of the first serious attempts to explain and not simply observe the recent resurgence in interest in English-language poetry in Singapore. It traces the struggles of poets through the city-state’s forty years of independence and marks out changes in artistic concerns in a country known more for its emphasis on economic priorities than its interest in literary culture. The analysis ties together historical public decisions, the complicity of writers themselves, and current perceived challenges to nation-building in both economic and cultural terms.

Gwee Li Sui

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