What is a Global Malaysian Novel?
When a Malaysian novel is written, published, distributed and sold outside Malaysian borders, to what extent is it still a Malaysian novel? My doctoral dissertation explores contemporary transnational cultural productions in Southeast Asia in relation to both local literary histories and wider Western-based frameworks such as World and Postcolonial Literature. I chart the history of Malaysian literary discourse over three centuries in order to make sense of the contemporary. This project is supported by the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne. It is funded by the Australian Department of Education Research and Training Programme (RTP).
Liew, Brandon K. 2021. “The Unquiet Dreams of Lesser Malaysian Writers: Tradition and the Global Malaysian Novel”. Archiv orientální 89 (2), 283-310. https://doi.org/10.47979/aror.j.89.2.283-310. Cited by Kuei-fen Chiu & Táňa Dluhošová 14 October 2021 DOI: 10.47979/aror.j.89.2.223-236 "Brandon Liew, in his essay “The Unquiet Dreams of Lesser Malaysian Writers: Tradition and the Global Malaysian Novel,” introduces another perspective which is crucial for discussion of Asian literatures and cultures, namely postcolonial discourse. The article addresses the complexity of this question within the context of multilingual and multicultural Malaysia. Some of the most prominent transnational Malaysian writers, such as Tash Aw and Tan Twan Eng, use English for their literary production. Others such as Lee Yungping, Ng Kim Chew, and Chang Kuei-hsing, use Chinese. Any discussion of the success stories of these writers in the English or Chinese/Sinophone worlds would benefit from consideration of the uncongenial publishing environment for minority writers like them in a country where national literature is defined as literature in Malay. How can we study the global Malaysian novel as world literature without overlooking its relationship to the threefold entanglement of tradition, nation, and language? Liew’s article reveals the intricate tension between national literature and world literature."
Liew, Brandon K. “Engmalchin and the Plural Imaginings of Malaysia; or, the ’Arty-Crafty Dodgers of Reality.” Exclamat!On: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2 (June 2018): 94–120. Cited by Poetry.sg 11 June 2021 Critical Introduction of Wang Gungwu Written by Jonathan Chan http://www.poetry.sg/wang-gungwu-intro
Academic Publications 2021 Archiv Orientalni: Journal of African & Asian Studies "The Unquiet Dreams of Lesser Writers: Tradition and the Global Malaysian Novel" Vol 89 pgs 35-61 2018 Exclamat!On: An Interdisciplinary Journal "Engmalchin; or, the 'Arty-Crafty Dodgers of Reality'" Vol 1 pgs 94-120 Public Affiliations Persatuan Penulis Malaysia (Malaysian Writers Society) Treasurer Asian Art Dialogue (AAD) Founding Member Melbourne-Monash Asian Studies Group (MMASG) Founding Member Culture & Communications Graduate Committee (CCGC) Treasurer Asian Studies Association Australia (ASAA) Professional Member Malaysia & Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) Professional Member Modern Language Association (MLA) Professional Member American Comparative Literature Society (ACLA) Professional Member
Conference Papers 2023 Modern Language Association (MLA) "Global Markets, Local Stories: A history of Malayan literature as a literature of Malayan history" San Francisco 2022 American Comparative Literature Association "A Sundaland of Publishing: Malaysian Literature as Global Literature" National Taiwan Normal University 2021 Texts & their limits: Australian Triennial Literary Studies Convention "Malaysian Literature in the context of a National Tradition" Victoria University English & Theatre Seminar Series "Malaysian Literary History through T.S. Eliot" University of Melbourne 2020 Asia at the Crossroads: Ruptures and Hopes “The Unquiet Dreams of Lesser Malaysian Writers" Melbourne-Monash Asian Studies Group 21st Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) Symposium “The Cosmopolitan Imaginings of Malaya” Malaysia and Singapore Studies Society 2019 Annual Research Conference “The Death of Malaysian Literature in English” University of Exeter
Chair 2020 Public Event Moderator & Chair "Malaysian Literature & the Global Literary Market" Panel consisting of independent Malaysian publishers (Buku Fixi) (Gerakbudaya) (Silverfish Books) Scholarly Dissertations PhD Thesis What is a Global Malaysian Novel? The University of Melbourne Masters Thesis Malaysian Novels in English: Criticism, Context, Conceptualisation The University of Exeter B.A. Thesis ASEAN Foreign Policy The University of Melbourne Language Dissertation Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto