The Jade Pendant

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Jane f. Sumalinab BSED-E Introduction to Singaporean Literature The history of Singaporean literature is closely connected with the country 's own inception as a republic in 1965. Autonomy, first from its British colonial masters and later by separation from Malaysia, gave rise to the urgent necessity to find a separate and distinct national identity, one that could clearly be called Singaporean. The endeavor to establish this identity is echoed in the literature through the themes they raise. In particular, this is most true of the Singapore Short story which was by comparison to other forms of literary expression most prolific during the early years of Singapore 's history. This study first provides a brief historical overview of the…show more content…
Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore by Catherine Lim sold 3,000 copies on the local market within six months. This naturally rendered Yeo 's earlier assertion untrue; this was the first collection of "short stories by a single author." Soon, other writers such as Goh Sin Tub, Lim Thean Soo and Baratham formed the wave of writers issuing collections of their works. Today, the acceptance of Singapore short story in English as a unique genre is unquestioned. Little Ironies has since sold well over 45,000 copies and undergone ten reprints. It has been accepted by Cambridge Examinations Syndicate as the text for the General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level Examinations. Lim has published seven collections of short stories to date. Her second book, Or Else the Lightning God… & Other Stories is also studied in schools and her other books have found their way into required reading lists. Demand for collections of locally written short stories has also led to the re-issue of collections. Early anthologies by Gopal Baratham, Goh Sin Tub and Nicky Moey have been reprinted under new titles. Wong Swee Hoon 's The Landlord & Other Stories, first published in 1984, was reissued in 1991 under the title A Dying Breed and included three new stories. Philip Jerayetnam, then a relative newcomer to the literary
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