This book is a selection of the papers presented at an international conference on "Meaning as Production: The Role of the 'Unwritten'", held in Singapore in 1995. It takes textual analysis beyond the traditional boundaries of literary studies, into a more culturally dynamic field of social semiotics, rhetorical studies, hermeneutics and theories of interpretation. There are also essays that explore the issues with reference to canonical literary texts or authors.
The overwritten unwritten - nationalism and its doubles in post-colonial theory, R.J.C. Young; the politics of the unwritten and the question of value, I. Small; notes on atavism, D.W. Davis; epic, colonialism, empire - a reading of Milton's "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained", W. Lim; after the (unwritten "post-colonial" in southeast Asia - what happens next? I.S. Talib; relativity, uncertainty and imaginary time - the pseudoscientific basis of postmodernist literary theory, C. Carleton; memories in black and white - style and theme in Spielberg's "Schindler's List", T.R. White, L. Stiller; the role of Bangsawan theatre in the evolution of modern Malay drama, C.M. Chan; fetishism and Maugham's "The Letter", K.C. Ban; inducing the hole -paratactic structure and the unwritten "Canterbury Tales", A. Lindley; Virginia Woolf's "As if" in "To the Lighthouse" - the modernist philosophy of meaning in absentia, R. Lumsden; unwritten fetishes and theoretical strategies in Matthew Arnold's "Criticism", R.B.H. Goh; the unwritten and the unwritten of Ruskin's "Art Criticism", A. Leng; unspeakable fury - the silence of Klytaimnestra in "Agamemnon", to line 258, T. Dawson.