Public lecture “Varieties of the English” by Tse Hao Guang

Date: 17 Nov 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 14:30-16:30

Venue: D1-LP-08, EdUHK

Speaker: Tse Hao Guang, Singapore-based poet 


In this talk Singaporean poet Tse Hao Guang will look at poetry, including his own which comments on postcolonial and postmodern turns in Singapore culture. He will consider the ways in which Singaporean writers try to employ conversational/natural voices to counter the perception that poetry is elitist. Drawing on Singaporean writing in traditional and nonce forms, particularly writing that makes use of creole and pidgin, Tse will argue that there are ways to productively engage in linguistic experimentation, reclaim a colonial tool, and resist the neocolonial urge to consider such Englishes low prestige, all at once.

Assembled with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia, Tse Hao Guang 謝皓光 is the author of hyperlinkage (2013) and Deeds of Light (2015, both Math Paper Press). Deeds was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016. He co-edits the cross-genre, collaborative journal OF ZOOS, and UnFree Verse (2017), the in-progress anthology of Singapore poetry in received and nonce forms. He serves as essays editor of the online educational/critical resource, and is a 2016 fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.



No registration is required. For enquiries, please contact Mr. Manni CHEUNG: (E), (T) 2948-7360.


We look forward to seeing you in the lecture.



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