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Romancing Singapore: From Tropic to Global


16 – 17 August 2006 (Wed – Thu)

Geylang East Public Library
50 Geylang East Avenue 1
Singapore 389777

Course Fee: $350.00

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This introductory workshop will focus on Singapore through poems, stories, novels, and plays as a tropical island, exotic locale, romantic East, social struggle, dystopic settlement, as city, home and globe. It offers theoretical frames through which to hear these multiple voices and provide discussion and creative occasions for participants to interact with each other and with the instructor.


The course will begin with some pre-colonial, non-Anglophone writing and translations, and move on to cover poetry, fictions and dramas through a chronological sequence, from colonial to Malayan eras and concluding with post-1965 and contemporary Singapore writing. 

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.