Our Theatre Studies programme covers a range of areas, including practice-based research, theatre history and film. Since performance is fixed in time and place, we pay particular attention to modern East and Southeast Asia.
‘Pirates and Formosa’, Golden Bough Theatre, 2011. Courtesy of Golden Bough Theatre. Photo by Chen Shao-wei.
The programme covers British literary history, genres and topics, film, critical theory, and the literature of Southeast Asia and Singapore, from its beginnings in the period of anti-colonialism.
Tan Tee Chie, 'On Strike', 1955; oil on canvas. Collection of the National Heritage Board, Singapore.
Our English Language programme covers both language structure and language in society. It pays particular attention to the evolution and role of English in a multilingual setting like Singapore’s.
Signs in Singapore. Collage by Peter Tan.
Our research reflects the great range of our three disciplines, but within that range there is a common concern with meaning – with preserving, analyzing and struggling to understand utterances, texts and events for what they might most fully mean.
Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Singapore, 2013. Photo by Alvin Lim.
The department’s teaching and research are influenced by its location in Southeast Asia, and by the history here of colonization, migration, independence and development.
View from the department. Photo by John W. Phillips.