Fabricating History Through Folklore in Ming Cher's Spider Boys

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Angela Frattarola


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?


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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.