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Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's <i>Abraham's Promise</i> and Gopal Baratham's <i>A Candle or the Sun</i>

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/9789888028740.003.0007
Irresponsibility and Commitment: Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun

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This chapter examines the representation of the notion of responsibility in the works of two Singaporean authors. These are Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise and Gopal Baratham's A Candle or the Sun. This chapter analyzes how a writer assumes the responsibility of political critique given that the official version of nationalism in Singapore tilts towards economic pragmatism and the maintenance of the state.

Keywords: responsibility; Philip Jeyaretnam; Abraham's Promise; Gopal Baratham; A Candle or the Sun; Singapore; nationalism; economic pragmatism

Chapter.  6395 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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