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Title: Fishy tales: Singapura Dilanggar Todak as myth and history in Singapore's past
Keywords: Myth; Malay; History; Literature; Singapore; Representation
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2005
Citation: SIM MEIJUN, SOPHIE (2005-11-30). Fishy tales: Singapura Dilanggar Todak as myth and history in Singapore's past. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Most historical scholarship on Singapore has relied heavily on colonial and archival sources, resulting in absences, such as considerations of a pre-colonial history and the history of non-elites. Through an analysis of how a fourteenth-century tale has been re-told, Singapura Dilanggar Todak, which has been retold numerous times between 1612 and 2001, this thesis offers a neglected and commonly dismissed, if not derided, avenue for addressing such issues by considering myths as valuable historical sources which reflect, represent and reshape local society. Myths are re-created in the process of writing and with each re-creation a metaphor for the historical epoch in which it exists is exposed. Using the concept of New Historicism, the relationship between an event and a literary piece will be explored to explain changes within Singapura Dilanggar Todak and to map parallels between this myth and local history.
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