Singapore Fiction and Film I
(AY 2022/2023, Semester 1)

Download course syllabus here: English in the Media 1.pdf

Week 1. Introduction

What is Singapore Literature?

Lecture slides: W1. Introduction.pptx

Week 2. A brief history of modern Singapore

Lecture slides: W2. Brief hist of SG.pptx

PDF of Thumboo, "Ulysses by the Merlion": Thumboo. Ulysses by the Merlion.pdf

Voice recording: W2. Brief history of modern SG.mp3

Week 3. National identity

Reading: Thumboo, "Ulysses by the Merlion"

Lecture slides: W3. National identity.pptx

Voice recording: W3. National identity.mp3

Week 4. Nick's family: Singaporeans

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W4. Nick's family Singaporeans.pptx

Voice recording: W4. CRA.mp3

Week 5. Nick's family: Chinese diaspora

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W5. Nick's family Chinese diaspora.pptx

Voice recording: CRA. Chinese diaspora.mp3

Week 6. Rachel's family: Chinese Americans

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W6. Rachel's family Chinese Americans.pptx

Voice recording: W6. Rachel's family.mp3

Week 7. Nick's family: "flexible citizens"

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W7. Nick's family flexible citizens.pptx

Voice recording: W7. Flexible citizens.mp3

Week 8. Kitty Pong: mainland Chinese

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W8. Kitty Pong mainland Ch.pptx

PDF of Poon, Holden, and Lim, "General Introduction": Writing SG General Intro.pdf

Voice recording: W8. Kitty Pong.mp3

Week 9. How "Singaporean" is Crazy Rich Asians?: Some thoughts on the novel

Reading: Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W9. How Singaporean is CRA novel.pptx

Voice recording: W9. CRA novel.mp3

Week 10. Film screening

Reading: Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu

Week 11. Representing Singapore on screen

Reading: Crazy Rich Asians film

Lecture slides: W11. Representing SG on screen.pptx

Guardian article: W12. Guardian review of CRA.pdf

Straits Times article: W12. Straits Times article on CRA.pdf

Vox article: W12. Vox commentary on CRA.pdf

Yahoo News article: W12. Yahoo News review of CRA.pdf

Week 12: How "Singaporean" is Crazy Rich Asians?: Reading the reviews

Reading: selected film reviews and commentaries

Lecture slides: W12. How Singaporean is CRA.pptx

Week 13. How "Singaporean" is Crazy Rich Asians?: Some thoughts on the film

Reading: Crazy Rich Asians film

Lecture slides: W13. How Singaporean is CRA.pptx

Week 14. Conclusion

Written assignment due

Lecture slides: W14. Conclusion.pptx

Assignment instructions: Assignment instructions.pdf