Academic Staff
Associate Professor
B.A., M.A. (Winchester), Ph.D. (UNSW)
Tel:  3943 7445
Office:  Fung King Hey 313

Administrative Post: Academic Advisor Level II


ENGE2380 Twentieth-Century Fiction

ENGE2640 Introduction to World Literatures in English

ENGE3250 Other Literature in English

ENGE5270 Major Contemporary Novels

ENGE5310 Science Fiction and Utopia

Research Interests

Twentieth century world literature (especially anglophone African literature), literary theory, philosophy and literature (especially the work of Gilles Deleuze)

Selected Publications


  • (2016). The World of Failing Machines: Speculative Realism and Literature. Winchester: Zero Books.
  • (2011). On Representation: Deleuze and Coetzee on the Colonized Subject. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi Press.

Edited books

  • (2016). A Companion to Mia Couto. Suffolk: James Currey (co-edited with David Huddart).
  • (2013). Reading Marechera. Suffolk: James Currey.

Recent book chapters & journal articles

  • (forthcoming). “J.G. Ballard’s Shanghai,” in L. Bernstein and C. Cheng (eds.) Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai: Cultural Representations from the 20th and 21st Centuries, TBC. New York: SUNY Press
  • (2018). “Aporia and Diaspora: The Unlivable Life in Dinaw Mengestu’s How to Read the Air,” Journal of the African Literature Association, TBC.
  • (2018). “Defamiliarization and the Act of Reading World Literature,” in R. Braidotti, K.Y. Wong, and A.K.S. Chan (eds.) Deleuze and the Humanities: East and West, 11-26. London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • (2018). “The Communion of Clouds: Becoming-woman in Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians,” Australian Literary Studies: Special Issue on J.M. Coetzee, vol. 33 no. 1.
  • (2017). “Writing from the Outside? Post-1997 Expatriate Writing in Hong Kong,” Wasafiri, vol. 32 no. 3: 18-24 (with David Huddart).
  • (2016). “Trauma: Repetition & Pure Repetition in The Tuner of Silences,” in G. Hamilton and D. Huddart (eds.) A Companion to Mia Couto, 170-187. Suffolk: James Currey.
  • (2014). “On World Literature: When Goethe Met Boltzmann,” Textual Practice, vol. 28 no. 6: 1015-1033.
  • (2013). “Pepetela’s Proposal: Desire and Anarchy in The Return of the Water Spirit,” African Identities, vol. 11 no. 4: 343-352.
  • (2013). “The Man without Others: Deleuze’s Structure-Other,” IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy, vol. 1 no. 1: 11-19.
Research Grants and Awards
  • Humanities Fellowship of the Faculty of Arts, 2015
  • Direct Grant for Research (2015-2016)
  • Direct Grant for Research (2012-2013)