Christie Cheng is currently enrolled in the Masters in Cultural Studies programme at SOAS and is particularly interested in understanding contemporary Southeast Asian cultural production through film and literature. Prior to her MA course, she read English Literature at the National University of Singapore and worked as an Arts Manager for the Literary Arts
Sinjini Chatterjee discusses the portrayal of a female utopia in Rokeya Hossain's Engish language short story, "Sultana's Dream".
Un-othering ‘trauma’ through Arabic fiction: A case study in re-defining the terms of critical thought
Looking at two distinctly different types of trauma narratives written in Arabic, Under the Midmorning Sun by Ibrahim Nasrallah (2002) and B as in Beirut (1997, trans 2008) by Iman Humaydan, the paper gives short readings that disrupt two pillars of trauma theory.
In his latest Amharic novel, the Ethiopian writer Adam Reta uses the metaphor of light prisms and colours to describe how couples, histories and nations part, mix and combine
Most Mauritanian fiction seems almost obsessively ethnographic but Moussa Ould Ibno breaks away from this trend and uses Science Fiction to comment on ethical questions of reproductive technology and love.