Different Voices: The Singaporean/Malaysian Novel


by Puthucheary, Rosaly

Different Voices: The Singaporean/Malaysian Novel

Price:  US$25.85   (SGD35.90*)
Format:  Paper Back, 318 pages
Published:  2009, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789812309105
SB#:  048136 (106)

About This Book

Different Voices: Singaporean/Malaysian Novel focuses on the challenges that face a novelist in the literary representation of a multilingual environment. The early writers used strategies like vernacular transcription and mimetic translation. However, the close readings of 12 selected novels by non-European writers from 1980 to 2001 indicate the increasing use of strategies like lexical borrowings, code mixing, code switching and varieties of Singapore-Malayan English, instead. Puthucheary asserts in her book that the methods of language appropriation have a direct connection to how the writer conveys the multilingual nature of the Singapore-Malayan society through the speaking person while developing the central theme of the novel. The book maps out the verbal artistic representation of the speaking person and the correlation between speech and character in a multilingual environment.


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