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Colony, Nation, and GlobalisationNot at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature$
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Eddie Tay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028740

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.001.0001

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Nationalism and Literature: Two Poems Concerning the Merlion and Karim Raslan's “Heroes”

Nationalism and Literature: Two Poems Concerning the Merlion and Karim Raslan's “Heroes”

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Colony, Nation, and Globalisation
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Eddie Tay

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the discourses of nationalism in literature in Singapore and Malaysia. It explores the consequences of nationalism on literary representations of Singapore and Malaysia. It examines the depiction of nationalism in Edwin Thumboo's Ulysses by the Merlion, Alfian bin Sa'at's The Merlion, and Karim Raslan's Heroes. The findings suggest that in both Singapore and Malaysia, state-sponsored discourses of nationalism, which mark entry into nationhood after colonialism in both cases, are built on ambivalence.

Keywords:   nationalism, Singapore, Malaysia, literature, Edwin Thumboo, Ulysses by the Merlion, Afian bin Sa'at, The Merlion, Karim Raslan, Heroes

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