A Scholar, Poet and Critic

An Interview with Shirley Geok-lin Lim (1994)


  • Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf International Islamic University Malaysia




From the Archives: This interview was conducted during Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s visit to Flinders University in September 1994 and first published in the CRNLE (Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English) Reviews Journal in 1995. We are republishing it with Professor Lim’s permission, and with a postscript from Dr Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf to bring it up to date.

1995 Introduction: I first started reading Professor Lim's work in her role as a well-known critic of Malaysia and Singapore Anglophone writings, although she was better known as a poet. My brief encounter with Professor Lim during her visit to the CRNLE in conjunction with CRNLE's International Conference in September 1994, was both delightful and inspirational. To me, Professor Lim represents the many invisible tough and strong women in Asia particularly in Malaysia. She has gone through many conflicts and contradictions in her search for identity as a woman.

Author Biography

Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, International Islamic University Malaysia

Professor Dr Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf is a Professor of English at English Language and Literature Department, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia. She is also the Deputy Rector of Internationalisation and Global Network at the International Islamic University Malaysia and has a diverse research interest which includes Islamic thought, English Renaissance Literature, Women’s Writing and Malaysian literature in English.
Faridah is also a published poet and short story writer who is currently finishing writing her historical novel entitled Wanita Rawa Terakhir which is part of her FRGS research grant on the contribution of the Rawas in the early nineteenth-century Tanah Melayu. Her edited book with Dr Aimilia Ramli, English Literary Studies and the Islamicisation of Knowledge in the era of Islamophobia and Westernophobia, was published by IIIT in 2017. She has just launched two anthologies: The Bridge: Emerging Writings from Pakistan and Malaysia (a project with a university in Pakistan) and Travel Poetry (her second collection of poems in English).

Shirley Geok-lin Lim