Becoming poets: The Asian English experience by Agnes LamBecoming poets: The Asian English experience by Agnes Lam

Becoming poets: The Asian English experience

byAgnes Lam

Paperback | April 16, 2014

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Literatures in English have emerged in several Asian communities and have enjoyed a growing readership. Creative writing programmes in Asia and other parts of the world have also attracted many new voices from Asia. However, little is known about how learners from different language backgrounds become published poets in English. This book is a pioneering work on the development of poets and poetry in English in Asia. It offers a five-stage model to understand such phenomena. The life experiences of 50 published poets from five Asian locations: Macao, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and India, based on interviews conducted by the author, and their poetry are analyzed to appreciate how learners of English in multilingual environments become published poets and how such individual metamorphosis contributes to the growth of literary communities at local, regional and cosmopolitan levels. Researchers on Asian Englishes and literatures in English, teachers and participants in creative writing programmes, policy makers for English in education or the nurturing of the creative arts and any one interested in poetry writing will find the book highly informative and inspiring.
Agnes S. L. LAM recently retired as Professor from the University of Hong Kong. Noted for her landmark volume, Language education in China (2005), she is also well known as a poet. In 2008, she was made Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa and received the Nosside International Poetry Prize. Her latest poetry collection...
Title:Becoming poets: The Asian English experienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034314868

ISBN - 13:9783034314862


Table of Contents

Contents: Creative writing in bilingual and multilingual contexts – Asian poets and poetry in English – A model for the development of poets and their communities – Publication, voice and identity – Mentoring and community support – English poets and poetry in Macao – English poets and poetry in Hong Kong – English poets and poetry in Singapore – English poets and poetry in the Philippines – English poets and poetry in India – Language and poetics in Asia – Cosmopolitan Asian English poetries – Nurturing poets and literary communities – The myth of poetic death – Advice to young poets.

Editorial Reviews

«With its breadth of reference and depth of investigation, Lam's book is a cogent assessment of the Asian English experience.»
(Murari Prasad, Asiatic 2/2015)