The Arts House kicks off the new year with the final season of Sing Lit 101: How to Read a Singaporean Poem. This fourth season promises to be the quirkiest yet as well-loved poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui delivers six ground-breaking lectures on Singapore’s English-language verse. He will turn the spotlight on a range of voices from the 1990s, some of which are lesser known than others in today’s literary arts landscape. This focus brings a radically fresh texture to a pivotal decade in Singaporean literature.
Six compelling poems will be dissected to examine their meaning and revelation about developments in society and culture. Gwee’s lectures are popularly accessible, passionate, and insightful. Regardless of your age or background, you will be charmed by his textual readings and drawn to the continuing relevance of verse.
Session 3: 21 Jan 2017 | Grace Chia’s “Made in Singapore: iCordelia”
"Made in Singapore: iCordelia" is an intricate work of poetry and an intense piece of social commentary. It uses the twin framework of a Shakespearean tragedy and the condition of women to reveal the plight of Singaporeans today. Gwee will study Grace Chia’s poem to unfold its numerous layers of meaning and its approach to social malaise.