Book Review: Andrew Hock Soon Ng’s Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction

Here is my review of Andrew Hock Soon Ng’s Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction, published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies:

“Through an impressive range of scholarship, Ng’s study explores how women’s bodies – be it the figure of a prostitute, a university lecturer, the unclaimed body of the converted, the mute temple-help, the docile Confucian housewife, or an enterprising Kelantanese woman – become sites for narrative exploration of religiosity in the works of contemporary Anglophone Malaysian writers. In highlighting women’s ritually marked bodies in the service of religion, and, in turn, as metonymic substitute for the fractured nation, Ng contradicts his own premise of ‘veering away from the sociological and anthropological models’ (2) that privilege the depiction of race politics and idea of the nation.”

You can read the rest here. The whole review can be read only by those who subscribe to the Routledge Journal System.

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