Postcolonialism? - modern Malaysia [Book review]

Gehrmann, Richard (1995) Postcolonialism? - modern Malaysia [Book review]. CRNLE Reviews Journal (1 & 2). pp. 211-213. ISSN 0157-3705


The English language educational heritage that has passed on to writers in what were once colonies has had a significant impact on English literary history, yet as peripheral Australians we appear to receive this when it comes legitimised from the literary centre in Europe rather than from the margins, even though these margins might actually constitute the centre of our own region. One has only to consider the reception of 'Indian' writers in English such as Rushdie and Naipaul to appreciate this. Both are from the European centre whereas K.S. Maniam is part of the global periphery. Therefore, when we look at Maniam's The Return and In A Far Country, the opportunity exists for absorption of a new literature in English direct from its source, a source placed within our region. This is advantageous both in terms of pure literary pursuit and also in terms of understanding a region that perpetually fills non-Malaysians with cultural confusion. That Malaysia, the locale of these two novels, falls into this category as a nation with which Australia has had conflict in recent years makes the reading of Maniam's books a logical step for Australians seeking some insight into the region.
K.S. Maniam, The Return, London: Skoob Books, 1993,
AND In A Far Country, London: Skoob Books, 1993

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: book review; colonial life; Malaysia
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200211 Postcolonial Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440808 International relations
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470213 Postcolonial studies
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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