The Shape-Shifting Literature of Singapore

September 1, 2011

This essay was published in Writing the City on September 2011.

Truth be told, the idea of Singaporean literature is a kind of optical illusion. It resembles the cognitive enigma of Nobuyuki Kayahara’s dancer, who spins clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on how one looks at her, or the more familiar witch who can transform into a pretty girl. It is, in other words, a category whose shape encounters inferences from the way one thinks about the world, what one assumes about community, culture, values, and so on.

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Gwee Li Sui

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