Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/22046
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Postcolonialism
Cosmopolitanism
Singapore literature
Literature education
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2020
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Poon, A. (2020). Postcolonial and cosmopolitan connections: Teaching Anglophone Singapore literature for nation and world. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 40(1), 74-86. https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2020.1725429
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This article argues for the importance and relevance of postcolonial studies in achieving the goal of cosmopolitanism through Literature education. Having significantly redrawn the overall contours of literary study in the twentieth century, postcolonial studies as an interdisciplinary critical tradition provides us with a conceptual vocabulary, analytical lens and interpretive protocols with which to interrogate rigorously many salient aspects of contemporary globalization in our world today. There are at least three main areas where postcolonialism’s contribution remains vital: i) in critical discussion about the nation and nationalism, ii) in countering Eurocentrism, and iii) in the examination of form, style and literary poetics or aesthetics. In this article, I explore each of these areas first before suggesting ways in which Anglophone Singapore literature may be taught and read through these critical emphases, with the ultimate goal of answering nation-centred goals while also fulfiling the national curriculum’s desired outcome of growing empathetic and global thinkers.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2020.1725429
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0218-8791 (print)
1742-6855 (online)
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