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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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Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun

Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun

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(p.93) 6 Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun
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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/9789888028740.003.0007

This chapter examines the representation of the notion of responsibility in the works of two Singaporean authors. These are Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun. This chapter analyzes how a writer assumes the responsibility of political critique given that the official version of nationalism in Singapore tilts towards economic pragmatism and the maintenance of the state.

Keywords:   responsibility, Philip Jeyaretnam, Abraham's Promise, Gopal Baratham, A Candle or the Sun, Singapore, nationalism, economic pragmatism

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