SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English is an international peer-reviewed journal founded in 1980. It publishes scholarly articles, interviews, reviews, and other valuable and lively interventions.

Serving solely as an open access electronic journal since 2016, SARE aims to be a key critical forum for research and conversations from all over the world on the literatures, languages, and cultures of Southeast, South, and East Asia. It particularly welcomes theoretically-informed articles on the literary and other cultural productions of these regions.

SARE has been committed from its inception to featuring new or unpublished poems and short fiction.  






Special Issue on Asian Children’s Literature, Film, and Animation  
Vol. 55, No. 2, December 2018

Guest Editor: Bernard Wilson


This special edition of SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English invites papers on Asian children’s literature, film and animation, and on intercultural and cross-cultural comparisons between Asian (Eastern, Southeastern, and Southern) cultures and other children’s literature and film. Papers may include - but are not limited to - analyses and comparisons of traditional children’s stories such as fairy tales, folklore, myths, fables and legends, as well as young adult fiction, such as fantasy and realistic fiction and film. Papers may deal with one specific genre or culture, or may involve "inter-Asian", cross-cultural,  or cross-national comparisons, while also subjecting the notion of "national" children's literature to contestation.

SARE particularly welcomes papers on these  topics or thematic areas:

  • Southeast Asian children’s literature and film.
  • Representations of other Asian societies or cultures in children’s literature, film or animation.
  • Representations of gender expectations and gender roles in children’s literature, film or animation from these regions.
  • Representations of cultural and ethnic aspects in Asian children’s literature, film or animation.
  • Border Crossings in children’s literature, film, or animation, which may also include translated texts
  • Problems in translating children's literature 
  • Adaptations for children
  • Literary theory and children's literature
  • Going Global in Asian children's literature

The deadline for the submission of full papers (5000-7000 words) is 30 September 2018. All papers should be in English and uploaded to the SARE website at  

Further submission guidelines  can be found on our website.

If you have any questions related to the special issue, please direct your inquiries to the Editor at

About our Guest Editor:

Associate Professor Bernard Wilson teaches at the University of the Sacred Heart, Rikkyo University, and Gakushuin University. He has spent the past two decades teaching at universities in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, as well as Japan, and specializes in postcolonial literature, children's literature, and cinema. He is widely published in Southeast Asian literature in English, Indian and Chinese diaspora literatures, and East/West theory, and his work has appeared in leading international journals in the United States, Asia, Australia, and the U.K. He is currently writing a monograph on Western cinematic interpretations of Asia.     


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Editorial:  "Old Myths and New Realities"

Sharmani Patricia Gabriel


Historicity and the Contemporary Theatre of Kuo Pao Kun and Krishen Jit

C. J. W.-L. Wee

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Adapting the Golden Age Crime Fiction Genre in the "Kain Songket Mysteries" Series

Susan Philip

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia


"Madness in its Place": Ecofeminism in Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water

Foong Soon Seng

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia


Narratives of Resistance: Mahasweta Devi’s "Draupadi"

Neluka Silva

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka



An Interview with Ng Kim Chew 

Andrew Ng Hock Soon

Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia


Poetry & Fiction

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အနာခိ တ်ယ

Tolerating Pain

Stewart Manley

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia



Paul GnanaSelvam

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia


Ode to Luang’s Rice Paddy

John Charles Ryan

University of New England, Australia


The Tiniest House of Time 

Sreedhevi Iyer

RMIT University, Australia


Book Reviews

K. S. Maniam, A Stranger to Love 

Bernard Wilson

University of the Sacred Heart, Japan


Aamir R. Mufti,  Forget English!: Orientalisms and World Literatures

Nicholas O. Pagan

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia


Nine (ed.), Straits Eclectic

Agnes S.K. Yeow

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia


Malachi Edwin Vethamani, Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories

Luis Ortega

Nottingham University Malaysia


Simon Armitage, Pearl: A New Verse Translation

Looi Siew Teip

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia 


Notes on Contributors


Published: 2018-07-03
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