‘There is no way out but through’:

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:
‘There is no way out but through’:

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This chapter examines the postcolonial project of “writing back” against metropolitan representations of Malaya as evidenced in the works of Lee Kok Kiang. It discusses Lee's disenchantment with London and his reclamation of Malaya as his home. It suggests that though Lee was able to return to a vision of Malaya as home and nation, subsequent political events which led to the emergence of Malaysia's ethnic nationalism have come to problematize this vision.

Keywords: Lee Kok Kiang; Malaya; London; metropolitan representations; writing back; ethnic nationalism

Chapter.  5681 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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