Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’

Eddie Tay

in Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028740
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206762 | DOI:
Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’

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This chapter examines the concepts of “amok” and arrogation in the writings of Frank Swettenham, a British colonial officer in Malaysia. The significance of Frank Swettenham to the colonialist historiography of Malaya cannot be overemphasized. His career as a colonial administrator and his reputation as an expert on all matters related to British Malaya span a significant period of the British presence in Malaya. This chapter analyzes the unhomely image of Malay subjects who run amok and looks at how amok as a trope is depicted in Swettenham's writings.

Keywords: amok; arrogation; Frank Swettenham; Malaysia; colonialist historiography

Chapter.  6992 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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