Gina Wisker of Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge wrote to say that she's looking for Malaysian women writers, especially those who use post-colonial gothic in their work.
Now this had me stumped. I know what post-colonial means. I know what gothic means.
But post-colonial gothic?
Gina patiently filled in the gap in my ignorance. She reckons that the term was first coined by David Punter, and :.
.. it suggests that colonial and imperial spaces are haunted by silenced and returned ghosts of a hidden past. ... I also use it to look at how postcolonial writers use images of vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves etc etc, witches, myths, spider women and so on writing against the impacts of colonialism and imperialism through looking at power and so on which relate to ethnicity, cultural difference, gender. Usually the writers are using myths and images and writing about their own lives and hidden histories - examples would definitely be Beth Yahp's Crocodile Fury on which I've written a couple of times, and Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory but also much of Catherine Lim's work ...So the short question is does anyone know of Malaysian women writers who supernatural elements in their work?