Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-1998

Abstract

In this paper, we analyse the portrayal of Singapore in local children's literature and seek to understand why such a portrayal was prominent, and to what effect. We argue that this literature is characterized by a nostalgic recollection of past times and places. This emergence of the past as an important concern in Singapore is not limited to the literary arena, but reflects a larger condition: a broader adult yearning to transcend the constrictions of present place and time. We suggest that this nostalgia has surfaced because of the phenomenal changes in Singapore, which have caused people to come face to face with reminders of the past and vastly differing conditions of the present, ail in he same lifetime.

Keywords

Children literature, change, Singapore, Geography, Nostalgia

Discipline

Asian Studies | Human Geography | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Area

Volume

30

Issue

2

First Page

133

Last Page

143

ISSN

0004-0894

Identifier

10.1111/j.1475-4762.1998.tb00057.x

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.1998.tb00057.x

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