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Approaches to Teaching Singapore Anglophone Literature


4 August 2010 (Wed)
9.30am – 5.30pm

National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Course Fee: $200.00

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Teaching Singapore Literature

This workshop offers a survey of some of the major representations of Singapore, ranging from works produced at the historical moment of its inception as a territory to contemporary writers’ expressions of individual and collective identity and experiences unique and particular to Singapore society and culture. Join us if you are a English / Literature teacher, working on developing teaching curriculum, a writer, a book lover, or just interested to know more about Singapore Literature.


This introduction, using the anthology Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature, will be structured on certain pedagogical practices (hence the workshop activities will be based on reader response, oral performances, group work, critical close reading, analytical writing, collective evaluation, and so on), and inflected with cultural studies theories (selected philosophical notions of language and literary form, modernism and postmodernist forces, colonial and postcolonial frames, and so forth).

The morning will focus on historical and social contexts, map out collectively a time-space-theme continuum, and discuss pre-1965 texts. The afternoon, focusing on post-1965 and contemporary Singapore writing, will cover genres, stylistics, and other literary elements in selected texts.

At the end of the day, stay on for tea with a few Singapore authors who will be invited to read and talk about their work.

About the Trainer: Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim, University of California, Santa Barbara and Ngee Ann Kongsi Distinguished Visiting Professor, University Scholars Program, NUS: October 2012. Among her honors, Lim was awarded the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, the UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award, and the Chair Professorship of English at the University of Hong Kong, as well as the University of Western Australia Distinguished Lecturer award, Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer award, and J.T. Stewart Hedgebrook award.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.