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Nationalism and Literature: Two Poems Concerning the Merlion and Karim Raslan's “Heroes”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0006
Nationalism and Literature: Two Poems Concerning the Merlion and Karim Raslan's “Heroes”

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This chapter focuses on the discourses of nationalism in literature in Singapore and Malaysia. It explores the consequences of nationalism on literary representations of Singapore and Malaysia. It examines the depiction of nationalism in Edwin Thumboo's Ulysses by the Merlion, Alfian bin Sa'at's The Merlion, and Karim Raslan's Heroes. The findings suggest that in both Singapore and Malaysia, state-sponsored discourses of nationalism, which mark entry into nationhood after colonialism in both cases, are built on ambivalence.

Keywords: nationalism; Singapore; Malaysia; literature; Edwin Thumboo; Ulysses by the Merlion; Afian bin Sa'at; The Merlion; Karim Raslan; Heroes

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Subjects: Literature

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