â€œOld Marley Married a Chinese Writerâ€: Towards an Aesthetics of Confident Intertextuality
In exploring how intertextuality functions in two Christmas tales published in SuchenÂ Christine Limâ€™s recent collection of short stories,Â The Lies that Build a Marriage: Stories ofÂ the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in SingaporeÂ (2007), this article aims to reassess recent developments in Singaporean writing that promise to open up an aesthetics ofÂ intertextuality. This new aesthetic engagement with literary legacies forms part of anÂ important move away from the increasingly problematic issue of postcolonial self exoticisation. Instead, such self-reflexive fiction critically and often self-ironically dissects the multifarious potential of literary traditions. â€œChristmas Memories of a ChineseÂ Stepfatherâ€ and â€œChristmas at Singapore Casketâ€ play with an established genre in order toÂ render this interpretative adaptation a vehicle not so much simply of current issues, but ofÂ their careful interrogation.
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