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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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Discourses of Difference:

Discourses of Difference:

Isabella Bird, Emily Innes, and Florence Caddy

(p.31) 2 Discourses of Difference:
Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Eddie Tay

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines representations of Malaya in the writings of Isabella Bird, Emily Innes, and Florence Caddy, British writers who were in Malaya for different periods of time between 1879 and 1888. It provides a reading of their works as discourses of differences that reinforce colonialist attitudes about Malaya and its people. It suggests that the works of these women are a response to the condition of being not-at-home in that there is an attempt to create through their writings an environment that is hospitable to the colonial enterprise, even if the voices are different.

Keywords:   Malaya, Isabella Bird, Emily Innes, Florence Caddy, discourses of difference, colonialist, colonial enterprise

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