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 1: 7 Jan 2017 | Lin Hsin Hsin’s “A Woman’s Place”
A pioneer in digital media and a voluminous poet, Lin Hsin Hsin occupies a place of her own in the Singaporean poetry. Her poem A Woman’s Place shows not just her eccentric style and fascination with language, but also her deeply felt friction with social structures. Gwee will study this poem in relation to both the changing roles of women in Singapore and Lin’s own artistic explorations.