Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction

Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction

by Andrew Hock Soon Ng


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789888083213
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 292
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

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 209

Notes 215

Bibliography 249

Index 271

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