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Folktales of Unhappily Ever After

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Living Room, The Arts House

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While culturally specific, folktales express shared human anxieties and desires like abandonment, class mobility, or reunion across geographical contexts. Certain tales find themselves recurring across cultures with variations in cultural details. One theory goes that every culture has its own Cinderella story. This workshop explores the folktale’s cultural importance, its features, universal themes, and anxieties or desires. Participants are encouraged to share folktales from their own cultures.

Texts to be used: • “Rip Van Winkle” (1819) by Washington Irving, compared to the Chinese and Japanese versions “Cinderella: Or, The Little Glass Slipper” by Angela Carter • “Si Badang Speaks” by Alfian Sa’at • “Si Tanggang’s Homecoming” by Muhammad Haji Salleh

This session is co-presented with Singapore Book Council.

Speakers:

Nazry Bahrawi

Dr Nazry Bahrawi is senior lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design, specialising in the study of Muslim texts and thoughts along the Indian Ocean. He is an associate editor of Critical Muslim and a co-founder of the Bras Basah Open, a collective for discussing critical theory and philosophy in Singapore. He has translated two Malay literary works into English, while his op-ed commentaries have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today.

Diana Rahim

Diana is currently an editor for Beyond The Hijab, a site sharing stories of Singaporean-Muslim women. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies Kepulauan (2014) and The First Five (2017), amongst others. Her recent essays have been anthologised in Growing Up Perempuan (2018) and Budi Kritik (2018). Her topical interests include feminism, race, Islam, class, and the ways these issues may intersect. She has three cats.

Cancellation of Workshop, Withdrawals & Substitution:
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us. Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents). Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.

For enquiries, please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg

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