Nations are built by narrating their past. Threads of common memories weave the fabric of the national culture, integrating the heterogenous communities into the idea of a single nation. In multicultural societies, the process is a messy one. Different communities remember the past from perspectives that often clash with each other. Multiple memories of a multicultural nation challenge the idea of a singular national identity and call for multiple forms of belonging.
Memory and Nation-Building explores the contemporary images of World War II in Malaysian literature and the continuing significance of the conflict in the collective memory and nation-building in Malaysia. Given the multicultural nature of the nation, the War memories of Malaysia are multiple and often contradictory. In the contemporary Malaysian literature, these memories embody the search for a historical narrative that would accommodate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country.
Table of Contents
- Reading World War II in Malaysian Literature
- Memory, Literature and Nation Building
- Multicultural Memoryscapes: History, Memory, Storytelling in Tash Aw’s Harmony Silk Factory
- Maternal memories: Diasporic Women and the legacies of memory
- Moving on - The changing image of the Japanese in Malaysian literature
- Mediated memories and nostalgia in Cyberspace
- Towards Remembrance and Reconciliation: The role literary narration
- Memories in a Multicultural Nation
Dr. Vandana Saxena teaches literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Malaya. She has taught in the Universities in India, Malaysia and Vietnam. Her major research interests are South-East Asian culture and literature and Memory Studies. She has published several papers and a book (The Subversive Harry Potter) on aspects of memory like trauma, nostalgia and childhood.