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Readings for Contemporary English Literature in Asia, Second Year Undergraduate Core Class in English

April 30, 2015

I have not firmed up the readings but here are the literary texts. I may change or replace some of them, as I am looking for more contemporary stuff to replace some of the well-worn/taught texts, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Malaysian writers/poets. Theme is “The Problem of Categories”

 Plays (2 weeks)

Emily of Emerald Hill by Stella Kon

Anike by Wong Phui Nam

2 short stories per week, 4 per 2 weeks

Sultana’s Dream by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein (1880 – 1932)

Blessed are the Hungry by Victor Fernando R Ocampo

Paper Women by Catherine Lim

The Omega Project by Kim Marquez

Poetry, 2 weeks

Collection of short poems by Hilary Tham, “Woman, by Any Name”

Marilyn Chin (

Nissim Ezekiel “The Patriot”

Muhammad Haji Salleh

Lee Tzu Pheng

Bryan Thao Worra

Mary Soon Lee

Ee Tiang Hong

Shirley Lim

Novella/Short novels (6 weeks)

Novella: Distances by Vandana Singh (1.5 weeks)

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (1.5 weeks) (can be bought on Amazon Kindle)

Saman by Ayu Utami (1.5 weeks) (can be bought on Amazon Kindle)

Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki (1.5 week) (can be bought on Amazon Kindle)

Trying to get Behind the Red Mist but this will be a challenge in Malaysia because…it is an old book so here begins the hunt in bookstores, libraries, and among friends.

Graphic Novels (1 week)

Ghost in the Shell  volume 1

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Oliver Mayor permalink
    May 1, 2015 11:57 am

    Very cool. Never would have occurred to me to use Ghost in the Shell as an English text!

  2. CLee permalink*
    May 1, 2015 12:07 pm

    Taking out the “Story of Ah Q” for now since I think it is too hardgoing for my undergrads, but putting in other stuff suggested to me…there is another Japanese SF writer I am thinking of including but not made up my mind yet…especially since I am suppose to cover a variety of genres rather than just novels or short stories. 🙂

    I only seriously read Ghost in the Shell when I was a TA for an English SF class, haha. But looking to the day when I can read it in kanji.

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