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Singapore Fiction and Film I
(AY 2024/2025, Semester 1)

Download course syllabus here: English in the Media I syllabus.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 (for students).pptx

Week 3. National identity

Reading: Thumboo, "Ulysses by the Merlion"

Lecture slides: W3. National identity (for students).pptx

PDF: Thumboo. Ulysses by the Merlion.pdf

Week 4. Nick's family: Singaporeans

Reading: extracts from Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W4. Nick's family Singaporeans (for students).pptx

Week 5. Nick's family: Chinese diaspora

Reading: extracts from Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W5. Nick's family Chinese diaspora (for students).pptx

Week 6. Rachel's family: Chinese Americans

Reading: extracts from Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W6. Rachel's family Chinese Americans (for students).pptx

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

Reading: extracts from Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W7. Nick's family flexible citizens (for students).pptx

Week 8. Kitty Pong: Mainland Chinese

Reading: extracts from Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides: W8. Kitty Pong mainland Ch.pptx

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

Reading: General Introduction to the Writing Singapore anthology

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

PDF: Writing SG General Intro.pdf

Week 10. Film screening

Reading: Chu, Crazy Rich Asians

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Week 11. Representing Singapore on screen

Reading: Chu, Crazy Rich Asians

Lecture slides:

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

Reading: Selected film reviews and commentaries

Lecture slides: 

W12. Guardian review of CRA.pdf

W12. Straits Times article on CRA.pdf

W12. Yahoo News review of CRA.pdf

W12. Vox commentary on CRA.pdf

Presentation

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

Reading: Chu, Crazy Rich Asians

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Week 14. Conclusion

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Assignment instructions: Assignment instructions.pdf

Written assignment due

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