Can the Erasure of Malaysian Arts be Reversed?


Traditional theatre and Malaysian literature in English face tough times, as doyen of both fields, Prof. Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof, finds

What does Malaysian literature mean today, and what is required for a work of literature to be considered national literature? Can literature in Chinese, Tamil and other local languages be held in the same class? Where is Malaysian literature and performing arts headed?

Prof. Datuk Dr Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof, one of the proponents of traditional Malay and South-East Asian theatre – as well as one of the leading writers of Malaysian English literature – has a thing or two to share.

Penang Monthly catches up with him at his book launch last year, organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)’s Dr Mohamad Rashidi Mohd Pakri, of the English Language and Literature Studies programme.

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