The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English traces the development of literature in the region within its historical and cultural contexts. This volume explores creative writing in English across different genres and media, establishing connections from the colonial activity of the early modern period through to contemporary writing across Southeast Asia, focusing especially on the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
In this critical guide, Rajeev S. Patke and Philip Holden:
Direct and clearly written, this Concise History guides readers through key topics while presenting a unique, original synthesis of history and practice in Southeast Asian writing in English. It is the ideal starting point for students and all those seeking a better understanding of Southeast Asian literatures and cultures.
1. Introduction 2. Southeast Asia: Historical Contexts 3. Linguistic Contexts 4. Malaysian & Singaporean writing to 1965 5. Filipino writing to 1965 6. Narrative Fiction 1965–90 7. Poetry 1965–90 8. Drama 1965–-90 9. Expatriate, Diasporic & Minoritarian writing 10. Contemporary Fiction 11. Contemporary Poetry 12. Contemporary Drama 13. From the Contemporary to the Future 14. Bibliography. Index