Religion has featured in Anglophone literature in Malaysia from colonial times to the present. In Intimating the Sacred, Andrew Hock Soon Ng considers the practice of everyday religiosity as represented in literature, which is often starkly opposed to the impression created by religious rhetoric promoted by the government. The book’s examination of intersections between (post)modernity and religion highlights links between religion and other facets of colonial and postcolonial identity such as class, gender and sexuality. It will appeal not only to scholars and specialists, but also to anyone who enjoys modern Southeast Asian literature.
|Publisher:||Hong Kong University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Hock Soon Ng is senior lecturer in literary studies at Monash University, Sunway Campus, Malaysia. He is the author of Dimensions of Monstrosity in Contemporary Narratives and Interrogating Interstices.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Visions of Possibilities: Religion and/as "Hospitality" in Lloyd Fernando's Novels 31
Chapter 2 Irony and the Sacred in Lee Kok Liang's Fiction 69
Chapter 3 Hinduism and the Ways of the Divine: The Works of K. S. Maniam 105
Chapter 4 Contentious Faiths: Questioning Confucianism and Christianity in the Fiction of Shirley Lim 157
Chapter 5 Islam and Modernity in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction by Malay Writers 193