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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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Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’

Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’

(p.15) 1 Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’
Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Eddie Tay

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the concepts of “amok” and arrogation in the writings of Frank Swettenham, a British colonial officer in Malaysia. The significance of Frank Swettenham to the colonialist historiography of Malaya cannot be overemphasized. His career as a colonial administrator and his reputation as an expert on all matters related to British Malaya span a significant period of the British presence in Malaya. This chapter analyzes the unhomely image of Malay subjects who run amok and looks at how amok as a trope is depicted in Swettenham's writings.

Keywords:   amok, arrogation, Frank Swettenham, Malaysia, colonialist historiography

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