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Narrating 1Malaysia: nationalism and patriotism in Malaysian literature written in English

Mohd Ramli, Aimillia (2010) Narrating 1Malaysia: nationalism and patriotism in Malaysian literature written in English. In: Seminar on 1Malaysia, 1 - 3 November, 2010, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (In Press)

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Malaysian literature in English in the 1960s was a product of early Malaysian writers’ endeavour to spearhead a literary tradition of writings that promoted a national identity amongst the diverse races living the country. This task, however, was generally undertaken by those who were more inclined to write about the issues and interests of their own communities rather than those of others living in the country. In the last twenty years, however, there have emerged a number of fictional writings that depict not only the country’s multiracial context but also imply the existence of a sense of national consciousness and patriotic feelings amongst Malaysians. These writings, this paper suggests, veer away from the communal interest of individual ethnic groups by exploring interracial relationships, returning to historical junctures, assessing the effect of globalization and, finally, conjuring alternative cultural paradigms with the single aim of unifying Malaysians and embedding them with the nationalistic spirit of 1Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2219/4612
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1 Malaysia, Malaysian literature, nationalism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Aimillia Mohd Ramli
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 15:51
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2011 16:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4612

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