Creative Work Database
Listing of creative work related to Singapore.
Our new Creative Work database is a repository for literary and dramatic works related to Singapore which are written by FASS Faculty and Students, past and present. The contents of this work-in-progress call on the theories and techniques taught and researched at FASS. Some of the creative work links to a sample of the original text. Research is also ongoing and the database will grow as we continue to update it. Items with the symbol “i” indicate that an abstract is available.
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1.My Burning Hill, Singapore: Ethos Books, 2012, Print.i<x My Burning Hill is a long poem in fifty-six sections. Dr Rosaly Puthucheary wrote this long poem while taking on the perspective of her late brother, Dr James Puthucheary who played a major role in Singapore’s fight for independence from the British. Dr Rosaly puts into lyrical form, the motivation and actions of the towering figure of a man driven by a great purpose. In this reflective and retrospective musing, the writer moves from one pertinent moment in the political history of Singapore since 1942 to another. By interlacing these political events with the depth of memory, the writer exalts the significance of each moment, both pleasant and unpleasant. The reader will also understand the sacrifices and struggles that are expected from individuals who have dedicated their lives to a great purposeLanguages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Poetry
2.Under A Shadow, Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015, Print.i<x When Singapore surrendered to Japan in 1942, Rosaly Puthucheary was only six years old. Under A Shadow offers her personal account of what it was like growing up during those precarious years under the Japanese occupation. Despite the hardships of war, her childhood, as seen through the eyes of a precocious child, was not entirely marred and remained a relatively happy one. She still enjoyed the fun of pretend play with her sister Hazie and the excitement of witnessing her father’s latest procurement of a new farm animal. Unfortunately, as the occupation dragged on, it became inevitable for her family’s living conditions to deteriorate. After an unpleasant incident with a Japanese officer, her family sold off almost all the farm animals and moved to a different home. The fortune of her family runs a similar parallel to the difficulties which the people experienced during the fall of Singapore. With this memoir, Rosaly shares intimate details of her childhood and how it was affected living under an ever looming and threatening shadow.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Memoir
3.The Tessellated Path, Singapore: Celestial, 2009, Print.i<x Set in the background of Singapore's struggle for independence, the narrative explores the notion of predestination. Determined to live a life far removed from that of her mother's and grandmother's, the protagonist, Lisa, sets off on her own to discover a life beyond her comfort zone. In this journey of discovery, she is wrenched from her traditional mode of thinking as she confronts betrayal, homosexuality, wife-battering, murder, suicide, fraud and lechery. Interwoven with these are the historical moments which shaped the development of Singapore from a British Crown Colony to an independent nation. Although the narrative is rooted in autobiographical parallels and details, the portrayal of characters and dialogues are fictitious. In The Tessellated Path, Rosaly Puthucheary has constructed an engrossing tale with allusions to the myths and legends of this region. The Vedic astrological sign, the Dragon's Tail, which hangs like a hostile force over the protagonist, becomes a metaphor for the unknown forces she must encounter to finally reach her destiny.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Novel
4."Singapore in Malaysia", From Written Country: The History of Singapore Through Literature, Ed. Gwee Li Sui, Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016, Print.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Essay
5.Footfalls in the Rain, Singapore: Ethos Books, 2008, Print.i<x Footfalls in the Rain, in 4 Cantos, is a long poem about the journey from youth to age. Each canto deals with one aspect of the psychological journey. However, many of the individual poems are reflections inspired by actual trips made between 1989 and 2001 to different parks of the world. The musings in each poem is grounded in the reality confronted by the poet during her travels. The inroads into her emotion convey the underlying area of tension giving the sequence a certain poignancy.Languages: EnglishDepartments: English Language and LiteratureCategories: Poetry