Singapore’s cultural regimentation & Phillip Jeyaretnam’s disillusionment with grand narratives
Tan, Henryk Damien Abucewicz Yuan-Jue
Date of Issue2015
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The leitmotif of national discourse figures in an entire genre of Singaporean fiction, where many of Jeyaretnam’s contemporaries criticize the directionless cultural landscape that has been constantly misdirected by parochially materialistic developments of modern Singapore – developments that have disrupted the cultivation and crystallization of an autochthonous culture. While Abraham’s Promise too provides incisive commentaries on the Peoples' Action Party's (PAP) governing ideologies, Jeyaretnam ultimately remains suggestively apolitical, if not disillusioned with political narratives, as the novel’s metanarrative concern over the mistrust of grand narratives take centre stage and shows how, after all the plots and sub-plots, the Singaporean ethos should never be terminal.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University