Singapore Literature in English: Selected Texts
2016-17 Semester 1

Please note that the lectures are fully flipped. All lectures are available on video. The links for the videos will be provided later. I will be present every week in the designated LT during the weekday and time-slot indicated below (except for the session coinciding with National Day), in case you have any questions on any of the videos, or any other questions on the session topic or the module as a whole. For each of the sessions, questions will be asked on the video clips available for the topic, and students are expected to give their responses before the end of the designated week. Some of the session slots will be taken up by visiting writers or publishers. The list of visiting writers or publishers will be given later.

Day Time Venue
Tuesday 12 – 2 pm LT9

Course Lecturer: Assoc Prof Ismail S. Talib e-mail:
Course Tutor:
Ms Eva Lim


Week Date Topic
1 ((9/8)) Introduction (National Day; this lecture, and all other lectures, are available on video):
2 (16/8) Some general observations on poetry and Singapore poetry: versification, Margaret Leong & Hedwig Aroozoo's “Rhyme in Time”:
3 (23/8) Lee Tzu Pheng's “My Country and My People,” & Edwin Thumboo's “Ulysses by the Merlion”
4 30/8 Interactive live session on poetry
5 (6/9) Introduction to Singapore drama; Narrative in drama and fiction
6 (13/9) Kuo Pao Kun's The Coffin Is Too Big for the Hole
 — Mid-Semester Break
7 (27/9) Stella Kon's Emily of Emerald Hill
8 (4/10) Haresh Sharma's Good People
9 (11/10) The Singaporean short story; Catherine Lim's "The Taximan's Story"
10 (18/10) Goh Poh Seng's If We Dream Too Long; Goh's novel and history
11 (25/10)
Suchen Christine Lim’s A Bit of Earth
12 (1/11) The publication of Singapore literature
13 8/11 Wrapping up & advice on revision (live session)
Examination: 23/11, 9 am


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