Introduction [to Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader]

Wicks, Peter (2002) Introduction [to Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader]. In: Singaporean literature in English: a critical reader. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press, Serdang, Malaysia, xi-xiii. ISBN 983 2373 50 6


Singaporean Literature in English is plentiful, vibrant and diverse, reflecting the central role of the English language in the public discourse of the country. Although
English is but one of four official languages in Singapore, and not even the national language, in practice it is the predominant linguistic medium in a city-state
aggressively committed to modernisation, globalisation, and social integration. English is the medium of instruction at primary and secondary schools and at
Singapore's three universities, and the main language of civil administration. For Singapore's political elite, English serves as Singapore's 'working language', as
well as an essential bridge between the majority of the population who are ethnically Chinese and the numerically significant Malay and Indian minorities. Thus no
communal language is privileged in the country or forced upon the other linguistic groups that comprise the population.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2009 03:12
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: Singaporean literature, Singapore
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200519 South-East Asian Literature (excl. Indonesian)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature

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