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Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's <i>The Harmony Silk Factory</i>, Vyvyane Loh's <i>Breaking the Tongue</i>, and Lau Siew Mei's <i>Playing Madame Mao</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/9789888028740.003.0010
Writing Back Home: Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao

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This chapter examines how a reworking of cultural memory may provide a way out of the commodification of subjectivities caused by globalization. It analyzes Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory, Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, and Lau Siew Mei's Playing Madame Mao. It argues that there is transactional and transnational representation at work in Anglophone work by Singapore and Malaysian-born authors who are based in the two countries.

Keywords: cultural memory; commodification; subjectivities; globalization; Tash Aw; The Harmony Silk Factory; Vyvyane Loh; Breaking the Tongue; Lau Siew Mei; Playing Madame Mao

Chapter.  8463 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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