Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6
Haresh Sharma, The Cultural Politics of Playwriting in Contemporary Singapore
Interlogue is a Series which brings into critical focus the works of Singapore writers in English. The Series aims for stimulating insights presented in a refreshing manner through sustained engagements with a variety of approaches, themes and perspectives. The first 3 volumes concentrate on fiction, poetry and drama. The contributors range from established scholars to new, young researchers in the field. All offer essays which serve to extend and enrich current understanding of the literature. Later volumes focus on individual authors and texts. Interlogue is designed to put Singapore Literature on the world map so that it will get the attention it deserves.
This volume in the Interlogue Series examines in detail Haresh Sharma’s extensive body of work, beginning with his very early writing and ending with his 2006 work. Prof. David Birch tries to paint a large social, political, economic and cultural landscape of Sharma’s writing and theatre since 1988, within and outside of his work with The Necessary Stage. He poses some key questions about Sharma’s development as a writer; the themes and issues he engages with and his vision and practice of theatre.