Another Merlion?! Clichés in Sing Lit and What to Do About Them

Conversations  |  General  |  English  |  1 hr

13 Nov Sat, 9pm - 10pm
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The Merlion. HDB Void Decks. Coffeeshops. Are these images overused or do they truly resonate with the 'heartlander' (another cliche!)? Can such cliches still be valuable—and more importantly, meaningful—or are we over-romanticising certain aspects of Sing Lit? Join panellists as they discuss the idea of 'HDBcore' and turn some of Singapore's beloved icons on their head.

This programme is co-presented with Ethos Books and includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.


Annaliza Bakri holds an MA from the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include the interplay of ideology and ethnicity in shaping dominant narratives in Literature. Her works and interviews have been published by Prairie Schooner, Budi Kritik (2019), and more. She edited and translated the poetry anthology Sikit-Sikit Lama-lama Jadi Bukit (2017). She co-translated award-winning poet Alvin Pang's What Gives Us Our Names (2011) into Malay - Yang Menamakan Kita (2019).