Folktales of Unhappily Ever After
DATE / TIME
7 Nov, Thu
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Living Room
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This session is in English
While culturally specific, folktales express shared human anxieties and desires like abandonment, class mobility, or reunion across geographical contexts. Certain tales find themselves recurring across cultures with variations in cultural details. One theory goes that every culture has its own Cinderella story. This workshop explores the folktale’s cultural importance, its features, universal themes, and anxieties or desires. Participants are encouraged to share folktales from their own cultures.
Texts to be used: • “Rip Van Winkle” (1819) by Washington Irving, compared to the Chinese and Japanese versions “Cinderella: Or, The Little Glass Slipper” by Angela Carter • “Si Badang Speaks” by Alfian Sa’at • “Si Tanggang’s Homecoming” by Muhammad Haji Salleh
This session is co-presented with Singapore Book Council.
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Diana is currently an editor for Beyond The Hijab, a site sharing stories of Singaporean-Muslim women. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies Kepulauan (2014) and The First Five (2017), amongst others. Her recent essays have been anthologised in Growing Up Perempuan (2018) and Budi Kritik (2018). Her topical interests include feminism, race, Islam, class, and the ways these issues may intersect. She has three cats.
Photo credit: Lee Chi-Leung
Dr. Nazry Bahrawi is a senior lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design specialising in the study of Muslim texts and thoughts along the Indian Ocean. He is a co-founder of the Bras Basah Open collective for critical theory and philosophy in Singapore. He has translated two Malay literary works into English. His most recent longform critique, The Myths of the Lettered Native (2019), on the literary merits of Sejarah Melayu can be accessed here.Nazry Bahrawi is featured in the following SWF event(s):