Dr Andrew Ng Hock Soon
Ph.D. (Literature, Western Australia)
M.A (Literature, University Malaya)
My primary research in the area of Gothic studies has encouraged a lateral approach in reading and theorizing literature. Increasingly, I am interested in rethinking the notion of space – especially nature – in horror narratives, and this framework currently informs my book project on late Victorian “weird tales” from an ecocritical perspective. Tentatively, the line up of writers whom I will be discussing in this monograph are M.R. James, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood and Walter de la Mare.
This year, I will be on Research leave to pursue a book project that will consider the cinematic history of Southeast Asian horror. I am also using this time to complete editorial work for several journal articles, which will be featured in a special issue of Studies in Literary Imagination tentatively entitled “The Metaphor of Christ in Contemporary Fiction”. Seven essays, each focussing on literary works from different genres, will be featured.
Dimensions of Monstrosity in Contemporary Narratives: Theory, Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave, 2004.
Interrogating Interstices: Gothic Aesthetics in Postcolonial Asian and Asian American Literature. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.
Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Literature. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011
The Poetics of Shadow: The Double in Literature and Philosophy. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2008.
Asian Gothic: Essays in Literature, Film and Anime. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008.
“Writing Skin: Aesthetics and Transcendence in Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Tattooer’”, in Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis, eds. Sheila Cavanagh, Angela Failler and Rachel A.J. Hurst. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012 (forthcoming).
“Monsters in the Literary Traditions of Asia”, in Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology, ed. Caroline Picart and John Browning. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012 (forthcoming).
“The Politics of Reclaiming Identity: Representing the Mak Nyahs in Bukak Api”, in LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media, ed. Chris Pullen. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012: 114-30.
“Melancholia, Narrative Objectivity and the Eyewitness: The Role of the Narrator in Barbara Vine’s A Dark-Adapted Eye and The Minotaur”, in Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women’s Crime Fiction, ed. Julie Kim. Jefferson: MacFarland, 2012: 143-66.
“Theologizing Horror: Spirituality and the Gothic”, in Intersections Between Christianity and Literary Theory, ed. Cassandra Falke. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010: 135-47.
“Death and the Double: Gothic Aesthetics in Genesis 4. 1–16”, in Sacred Tropes: The Tanakh, The New Testament and the Quran as Literature, ed. Roberta Sabbath. London: Brill, 2009. 107-13.
“‘Death and the Maiden’: The Pontianak as Excess in Malay Popular Culture”, in Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Trans/Cultural Studies in Gender, Race, and Genre, eds. Joan Picart and John E. Browning. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2009. 167-86.
"Nation and Religion in the Fiction of Lloyd Fernando”, in Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean and Malaysian Literature in English, Vol. 1. Eds. Mohammad A. Quayum and Wong Phui Nam.. Singapore: National Library board , 2009. 114-27.
“Destruction and the Discourse of Deformity: Invisible Monsters and the Ethics of Monstrosity”, in Reading Chuck Palahniuk: American Monsters and Literary Mayhem, eds. Cynthia Kuhn and Lance Rubin. London/New York: Routledge, 2009. 24-35.
“Dangerous Charisma and the Devaluation of Religion in Lloyd Fernando’s Scorpion Orchid”, in Writing a Nation: Essays on Malaysian Literature. Ed. Mohammad A. Quayum and Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf. Kuala Lumpur: IIUM Press, 2009. 279-304.
“Haunting Concubines: Reading Su Tong’s ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ as a Story about Ghosts Seeking Substitutes”. Ghost, Gender and History, ed. Sladja Blazan. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 41–59.
“Gothic Illuminations of the Postmodern and Postcolonial Conditions in Salman Rushdie’s Fury”. Framing the Contemporary: British Asian Fictions, eds. Neil Murphy and Sim Wai Chew. New York: Cambria Press, 2008. 365-84.
“‘At the Threshold of Eternity’: Religious Inversion in Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor”. Race and Religion in the Postcolonial Detective Fiction. Ed. Julie Kim. Jefferson: McFarland Pub. 2005. 138–64.
Article in Journals (refereed)
“Teaching the Intangible Reading Asian American Literature in the Classroom through the Gothic”, Pedagogy, 12.2 (2012): 235-52
“Coping with Reality: The Solace of Objects and Language in Janice Galloway’s The Trick Is to Keep Breathing”, Critique 53.3 (2012): 1-13 (forthcoming).
“Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Space, Architecture, Trauma”, Symploke, 19.1 (2011): 191-205.
“Heidegger, Psychoanalysis, and Haunted Wells in M. R. James’s Stories”, Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts, 22.2 (2011): 192-211.
“Islam, Masculinity and the Crisis of Conversion in Lee Kok Liang’s ‘Ibrahim Something’. Wasafiri, 25.1 (2010): 62-68.
"Islam and Modernity in the Works of Two Contemporary Malay Anglophone Writers”. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 44.3 (2009): 127-41.
“Confronting the Modern: Kobo Abe’s The Box Man and Yumiko Kurahashi’s “The Witch Mask”. Criticism: A Journal of Literature and the Arts, 51.2 (2009): 311-331.
“Subjecting Spaces: Angela Carter’s Love”. Contemporary Literature 49.3 (2008): 412-37. .
“The Vision of Hospitality in Lloyd Fernando’s Scorpion Orchid”. The Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2008)
“Revisiting Judges 19: A Gothic Perspective”, The Journal for the Studies of the Old Testament. 32.3 (2007). 199–215
“Tarrying with the Numinous: Postmodern Japanese Gothic Stories”, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 9. 2 (2007): 65–86.
“The Wider Shores of Gothic”, Meanjin, 66.2 (2007): 149–56.
“The Maternal Imagination in the Poetry of Shirley Lim”, Women: A Cultural Review, 18. 2 (2007): 162-81.
“Adorno, Foucault, and Said: Toward a Multicultural Gothic Aesthetics”, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 33.1. (2007): 177-98.
“Malaysian Gothic: The Motif of Haunting in K.S. Maniam’s “Haunting the Tiger” and Shirley Lim’s “Haunting”. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 39. 2 (2006): 75–88.
“Muscular Existentialism in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club”. Stirrings Still: An International Journal of Existential Literature, 2.2 (Winter/Fall 2005). 116–38.
“A Tale from the Crypt: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things”. Commonwealth Essays and Studies, 27. 2 (2005): 45–58.
“Nationalism, Feminism and the Rupturing of the Binary: Reading Salman Rushdie’s Shame as Gothic”. Exit 9: Rutgers Journal of Comparative Literature, 7 (2005): 55–68.
“Reading Asian American Literature as Gothic: Two Women’s Texts and the Resignification of an American Literary Heritage”. South East Asian Review of English, 46 (2005): 42–69.
“Clearly Breathing Once Again: The State of Malaysian Literature in English”. South East Asian Review of English 45 (2003/4): 80-90.
“Footbinding and Masochism: A Psychoanalytical Exploration”. Women Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 33.5 (June 2004): 651–76.
“Politics of Deformed Bodies/Space in Adib Khan’s The Storyteller”. South East Asian Review of English 44 (Sept. 2001): 30–50.
“The Paradox of Keda: A Postcolonial (Gothic) Reading of Mervyn Peake’s
Gormenghast Trilogy”. Peake Studies 6:4 (2000)
“Can Xue” and “Su Tong”, in The Compendium of Twentieth Century World Novelists and Novels. Ed. Michael Sollars, New York: Facts on File Inc., 2007.
Monsoon History (Shirley Lim). The Literary Encyclopedia.
“K.S. Maniam” and “Filipino Literature”, in Blackwell Encyclopaedia to Twentieth Century Literature. Ed. John Ball et. al. London: Blackwell, 2010.