Assoc. Prof. John Phillips

Associate Professor Department of English Language and Literature National University of Singapore

Dr. John W P Phillips teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. He has published on aesthetics, critical theory, deconstruction, linguistics, literature, military technology, philosophy, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, and urbanism. He is author of Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory, and co-editor of several volumes, including: Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global processes; Beyond Description: Space, Historicity, Singapore; and The New Encyclopaedia Project, Volume I, Problematizing Global Knowledge (2006), and Volume II, Megacities (2011). Among recent activities he is co-author with Ryan Bishop of Modernist Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology: Technicities of Perception (EUP, 2010).

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The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.