Literally Speaking: Why Study Literature?

What role does literature play in Singapore society? What literary texts might we usefully study and read? What questions do they help us ask about ourselves and the social world in which we live? In this series of discussions, The Select Centre brings together educators who work in different settings and in different languages to explore aspects of literature they have found central to teaching and learning. In doing so, we will debate the ongoing importance of literature and the literary in Singapore’s changing society.

Join us at our three panels as we mull over Why Study Literature (March 15), What Are The Boundaries? (April 14), and What Should We Teach? (May 12). The sessions will be moderated by Philip Holden.

Literally Speaking is organised by The Select Centre, in collaboration with Philip Holden.

Admission is free! Donations at the door are welcome. Select is a nonprofit. Please support us and our programmes!


For the month of March, our panelists will explore the state of literature education in Singapore, and how it might be transformed by moving beyond a focus on appreciating individual writers and their works. As alternatives, our participants propose different approaches, centering on the writing process, the act of reading, or
through a larger exploration of a cultural tradition.

From L to R: Philip Holden, Loh Guan Liang, Tan Tarn How, Tan Chee Lay

The speakers and their topic
s are:

Loh Guan Liang - Engaging Singapore Youths Through Creative Writing

Tan Tarn How - The Key to Half Our Society’s Ills: Reading

Tan Chee Lay - Looking at Singapore Literature in Chinese from the Literary and Curricular Points of View

For more information, please visit: www.selectcentre.org
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Tue Mar 15, 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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