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Title: The anxiety of influences: Dis-locating authority, culture and identity in the novels of Colin Cheong
Authors: Goh, R.B.H. 
Keywords: Colin Cheong
Cultural anxieties
Singapore Anglophone fiction
Social identity
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Goh, R.B.H. (2007). The anxiety of influences: Dis-locating authority, culture and identity in the novels of Colin Cheong. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 42 (3) : 45-62. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In its rapid socio-economic transformation over the four decades or so of its existence as an independent nation and in its quest to position itself as a competitive global nation and service hub, Singapore has come to embody many of the cultural phenomena of Asian modernity in an age of globalization. This has imposed a number of cultural, narrative and ideological influences on its writers. Young "post-65" Anglophone Chinese novelists like Colin Cheong, while occupying a relatively privileged position in a much more affluent Singapore society than that occupied by Singaporean writers of an older generation, position themselves against the paternalistic authority of the establishment, and at the nexus of a variety of global cultural influences. The result is a thematics and narratology of restlessness itself, which might thus be seen as the governing trope of Singapore Anglophone literary production in an age of globalization. Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications.
Source Title: Journal of Commonwealth Literature
ISSN: 00219894
DOI: 10.1177/0021989407081668
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