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Intimating the SacredReligion in English Language Malaysian Fiction$
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Andrew Hock Soon Ng

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083213

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083213.001.0001

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Visions of Possibilities: Religion and/as “Hospitality” in Lloyd Fernando's Novels

Visions of Possibilities: Religion and/as “Hospitality” in Lloyd Fernando's Novels

(p.31) 1 Visions of Possibilities: Religion and/as “Hospitality” in Lloyd Fernando's Novels
Intimating the Sacred

Andrew Hock Soon Ng

Hong Kong University Press

Drawing on Weber's concept of charisma, and reading it against Derrida and Levinas's notion of hospitality, this chapter delineates the (im)possibility of such a grand vision of unity and peace in a newly formed nation as portrayed in the two novels by Lloyd Fernando, Scorpion Orchid and Green is the Colour. While the first proves more redemptive and hopeful in its tone, the second is decidedly bleaker due perhaps to its oblique reference to the country's only racial riot that occurred in 1969. The chapter ends with a criticism of the novels' deployment of women as embodiments of hospitality—a view which actually corresponds with Derrida and Levinas's theorization—because this objectifies them, and deemphasizes the nature of violence visited upon their bodies.

Keywords:   Weber, charisma, Derrida, Lesvina, hospitality, Lloyd Fernando, Scorpion Orchid, Green is the Colour

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