ReadNUS Issue 25

APR 2021 | ISSUE 25
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Take a short jog around the City Hall area, and you’ll still see remnants of our colonial past in our architecture, among other things. This week, we review the impact, myths and challenges of colonialism, along with some excellent articles from our Literary Journal.

This Week’s Reads:

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This work vividly evokes living human histories, introducing the reader to manifestations of colonialism as expressed through war, militarisation, extractive economies, migrations and diasporas, racialisation, biopolitical management, and unruly and creative responses and resistances by colonised peoples.

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A critique of the colonial construction of Malay, Filipino and Javanese natives from the 16th to the 20th century. The book analyses the origins and functions of such myths in the creation and reinforcement of colonial ideology and capitalism and represents the author’s effort to correct a one-sided colonial view of the Asian native and his society’.

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This volume offers a critical re-examination of colonial and anti-colonial resistance imageries and practices in imperial history. It offers a fresh critique of both pejorative and celebratory readings of ‘insurgent peoples’, and it seeks to revitalise the study of ‘resistance’ as an analytical field in the comparative history of Western colonialisms.

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In Out of the Dark Night, the author offers a rich analysis of the paradoxes of the postcolonial moment that points toward new liberatory models of community and humanity.
Literary Journal
We’re launching our very own Literary Journal! Each month, we’ll publish a few articles discussing the trendiest authors, books and reading news. Simply put, Lirra’s Literary Journal is your go-to publication for all things reading.
Ancient Stories Retold

Haris discusses 3 great book series based on mythic tales – Organisations and individuals today continue to draw their inspiration from ancient mythology, be it through simple logos or grand works of art. In this week’s edition of our Literary journal, Haris discusses three great book series in which modern authors have successfully developed their own universe and thematic arches from similar mythic tales. To check out these legendary recommendations, head over to our website here.

Orientalism's Interlocutors

Tarmidzi takes us through the unique approach of ‘Orientalism’s Interlocutors’ – The influence of Colonialism on society is a topic that has received much attention. Despite this, there is still much that needs to be unpacked with regards to the relationship between Colonial authorities and the Eastern other. In this week’s Book Review, Tarmidzi takes us through ‘Orientalism’s interlocutors: paintings, architecture, photography’ and its unique approach towards the study of Orientalism. Through analysing visual material such as paintings and photography, the Book aims to challenge the domination of Colonial authority and restore the agency of indigenous people. Link to the article here.


ReadNUS interviews Professor Bilveer Singh – A few weeks ago, ReadNUS Director Saishwar sat down with Professor Bilveer Singh of the NUS Political Science Department to ask him for some books that all Singaporean students should read. Prof Singh provided 6 books that he believes will provide students with a holistic understanding of Singaporean politics. More on our website here.

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