Singapore Literature in English: Selected Texts
2017-18 Semester 1

Please note that the lectures are fully flipped. All lectures are available on video. The links for the video playlists on YouTube are provided below. You are of course free to access any or all of the videos, and to read the literary texts, even before semester starts. You are strongly advised to view at least some of the videos, which are freely available on the Internet (no NUS registration is required) before you sign-up for this module. If you do this, you will have a fair idea of what is in store for you. In fact, if you view the lectures and read all the texts before the semester, you will be able to free up some of the time meant for the learning of your other modules during the semester. The slots below are not meant for conventional lectures, as all lectures are available beforehand. For each of the following interactive sessions below, questions will be asked on the video clips available for the topic, and students are expected to give their responses during the session; these responses constitute 15% of the total marks for this module, and students should regard these sessions as compulsory. One of the session slots might be taken up by an interactive training session or by the visit of a writer or publisher (currently designated as the fourth session below); this will be re-confirmed during the semester.

Day Time Venue
Tuesday 12 – 2 pm LT14

Course Lecturer: Assoc Prof Ismail S. Talib e-mail:
Course Tutor:
Mr Wilkinson Gonzales


Week Date Topic for each interactive B.Y.O.D. session
1 15/8 Introduction
2 22/8 Some general observations on poetry and Singapore poetry: versification, Margaret Leong & Hedwig Aroozoo's “Rhyme in Time”
3 29/8 Lee Tzu Pheng's “My Country and My People,” & Edwin Thumboo's “Ulysses by the Merlion”
4 5/9 Interactive live session on poetry or the visit of a writer/publisher; Narrative in drama and fiction  (Narrative would be moved over to the next session if there is lack of time)
5 12/9 Introduction to Singapore drama;
6 19/9 Kuo Pao Kun's The Coffin Is Too Big for the Hole
 — Mid-Semester Break
7 3/10 Stella Kon's Emily of Emerald Hill
8 10/10 Haresh Sharma's Good People
9 17/10 The Singaporean short story; Catherine Lim's "The Taximan's Story"
10 24/10 Goh Poh Seng's If We Dream Too Long; Goh's novel and history
11 31/10
Suchen Christine Lim’s A Bit of Earth
12 7/11 The publication of Singapore literature
13 14/11 Wrapping up & advice on revision
Examination: TBA


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