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Amok and Arrogation: Frank Swettenham's ‘Real Malay’

Eddie Tay

in Colony, Nation, and Globalisation: Not at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789888028740
eISBN:
9789882206762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the concepts of “amok” and arrogation in the writings of Frank Swettenham, a British colonial officer in Malaysia. The significance of Frank Swettenham to the colonialist ... More


Been There, Pierced That: Apocalypse Culture and the Escalation of Subcultural Hostilities

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0028
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter comments on Adam Parfrey’s 1987 book Apocalypse Culture, his omnibus of crackpot scholarship, Spenglerian ravings about the decline of just about everything, and matter-of-fact ... More


A Greek Tragedy in China: Thomas de Quincey’s Opium Wars Journalism

Chris Murray

in China from the Ruins of Athens and Rome: Classics, Sinology, and Romanticism, 1793-1938

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198767015
eISBN:
9780191821240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767015.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Thomas de Quincey endorsed the Opium Wars in his journalism. Yet his China essays invoke ideas from Greek tragedy, and his ‘Theory of Greek Tragedy’ expresses British jingoism. Such a connection was ... More


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