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Author Cheong, Fiona.

Title The scent of the gods / Fiona Cheong ; edited by Leslie Bow.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st Illinois pbk.
Physical description 1 online resource (xxxvii, 261 pages) : map
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Notes Originally published 1991. With new material by Leslie Bow.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-261).
Summary The Scent of the Gods tells the enchanting, haunting story of a young girl's coming of age in Singapore during the tumultuous years of its formation as a nation. Eleven-year-old Su Yen bears witness to the secretive lives of "grown-ups" in her diasporic Chinese family and to the veiled threats in Southeast Asia during the Cold War years. From a child's limited perspective, the novel depicts the emerging awareness of sexuality in both its beauty and its consequences, especially for women. In the context of postcolonial politics, Fiona Cheong skillfully parallels the uncertainties of adolescence with the growing paranoia of a population kept on alert to communist infiltration. In luminous prose, the novel raises timely questions about safety, protection, and democracy├╣and what one has to give up to achieve them.
Ideal for students and scholars of Asian American and transnational literature, postcolonial history, women's studies, and many other interconnected disciplines, this special edition of The Scent of the Gods includes a contextualizing introduction, a chronology of historical events covered in the novel, and explanatory notes. --Book Jacket.
Language notes English.
Other author Bow, Leslie, 1962-
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Cheong, Fiona -- Interview.
Singaporean fiction.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780252090080 (electronic bk.)
025209008X (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9786612959561