K.S. Maniam’s bestiary: Reading animality and identity in selected stories

Yeow, Agnes S.K. (2021) K.S. Maniam’s bestiary: Reading animality and identity in selected stories. SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English, 58 (2). pp. 171-188. ISSN 0127-046X,

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This essay scrutinises K.S. Maniam’s fictional animals by going beyond the confines of metaphor to interrogate the concept of animality and how animality impinges on diasporic identity. I examine the writer’s impulse to animalise the notion of national belonging especially though the strategic deployment of the animal mask which reveals the shared domination of migrant and animal. I argue that Maniam’s critique of animality not only suggests that migrant and animal lives are interlinked but also informs his re-envisioning of the diasporic self. I posit that Maniam’s “new diaspora” advances the notion of diasporic self as ‘becoming-animal.’. © 2021, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animality;Identity;Diaspora;Domination;Animal mask;Becoming-animal
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 03:52
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 03:52
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/36137

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