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A Passion For Other Lovers: Rewriting The ‘Other’ In Ooi Yang-May’s Fictionalisation Of Multiethnic Malaysia

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By focusing on the ways in which Ooi's novels juggle with stereotypes in order to expose them, this chapter aims critically to re-examine the representation of passion for otherness and sameness in novels by Malaysian women writers more generally and, particularly, how these conflicting desires make the idea of the multiethnic community problematic. It traces the methods they harness to transcend a mere juggling with stereotypes and specifically with the increasingly clichéd figure of the exotic lover as an epitome of cross-cultural exchange and the difficulties of the multiethnic community. First of all, however, it is necessary to outline and draw into question the idea of ?the West? that forms such a convenient, yet fluid, ?other? in otherwise very different conceptualisations of post- colonial imaginary communities.

Keywords: fictionalisation; Malaysian women writers; Multiethnic Malaysia; Ooi Yang-May



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