Poetic lives: The English Experience in Asia

As English becomes more widely used around the world, it has also been increasingly adopted as a language for literary expression by writers who learnt it as an additional language. This is particularly so in post-colonial settings. Just as varieties of English have developed in different parts of t...

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Published in: New writing (Clevedon, England) Vol. 10; no. 2; pp. 128 - 142
Main Authors: Lam, Agnes S.L, Tse, Kelly Y.N
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: Taylor & Francis Group 07-01-2013
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Summary: As English becomes more widely used around the world, it has also been increasingly adopted as a language for literary expression by writers who learnt it as an additional language. This is particularly so in post-colonial settings. Just as varieties of English have developed in different parts of the world, literatures in English with regional colour have also emerged. Yet, little is known about how learners of English become published writers in English. Understanding this phenomenon is important as it has implications for the cultivation of literature or literatures, the design of creative writing programmes and, more generally, the teaching of English. As poetry is one of the earliest types of writing to appear in such contexts, it seems useful to address this question by studying the development of poets. This essay offers a model of how poets develop and connects individual growth with the engendering of literary communities. The model is illustrated with the experience of five poets, one each from these locations: Macao, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and India. It is part of a larger study of 50 poets, ten from each of the five locations.
ISSN: 1479-0726
1943-3107
1943-3107
DOI: 10.1080/14790726.2012.725742