Fabricating History Through Folklore in Ming Cher's Spider Boys

Main Article Content

Angela Frattarola

Abstract

In her linguistic analysis of the non-standard English found in Spider Boys, Anthea Fraser Gupta finds the dust-jacket's claim that the characters speak "street- slang English" problematic for two reasons: firstly, in the 1950s, "Chinese children playing in the street would have been more likely to use a range of Chinese dialects and would have used principally Malay in speaking to non-Chinese" (152) and secondly the English used throughout the novel "is better described as a learner variety than as the authentic street voice of Sinagpore." This leaves us asking, where do we situate Spider Boys within Singapore Literature?

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

How to Cite
FRATTAROLA, Angela. Fabricating History Through Folklore in Ming Cher's Spider Boys. SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English, [S.l.], v. 50, n. 1, p. 83-96, may 2017. ISSN 0127-046X. Available at: <https://sare.um.edu.my/article/view/3402>. Date accessed: 07 aug. 2020.
Section
Articles