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Nienke Boer

Research Areas
Dr Nienke Boer's work focuses on the transnational literatures of the Indian Ocean world. Her research and teaching interests include: African literatures, South Asian literatures, theory from and about the Global South, Law and Literature, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Oceanic Literary Studies, and Film and Animation.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities I & II
  • The Afropolitans: Contemporary African Literature and Film

Geoffrey Baker

Research Areas
Associate Professor Geoffrey Baker works on 19th- and 20th-century literature, with a primary focus on western Europe and the novel. His first book investigated the use of colonial figures in 19th-century European realism (Realism’s Empire, Ohio State UP, 2009), and a forthcoming book discusses politically engaged literature since the 1870s (The Aesthetics of Clarity and Confusion, Palgrave Macmillan). He is currently exploring the influence of evolving philosophical and legal theories of evidence on the 19th-century novel from Austen to Doyle. Other publications have examined violence in Marguerite Duras’ film Hiroshima mon amour, the music of French hip-hop artist MC Solaar, and ethics in the fiction of J.M. Coetzee.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature (especially British, French, German)
  • Realism and Naturalism
  • Political Aesthetics
  • Fiction and the Supernatural
  • Imperialism in Literature
  • Literature and the Law (Evidence, Empiricism)
  • The Bildungsroman
  • The History and Theory of the Novel

 

Scott Cook

Research Areas
Professor Scott Cook specialises in pre-imperial textual studies and early Chinese intellectual history, with emphases in recently excavated bamboo manuscripts and musical thought.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Philosophy and Political Thought 1
  • Classical Chinese
  • “Tales of the Strange”
  • Intellectual Thought in the Warring States

Steven James Green

Research Areas
Dr Steven Green specialises in Roman literature in the ‘classical’ period (1st centuries BC and AD), with particular attention to the reigns of the Emperors Augustus and Nero. Though interested in cross-cultural literary questions, the primary goal of his research is to seek an understanding of Roman works within their cultural, historical, political as well as literary contexts. His major publications have so far focused around the love poet Ovid, the astrological poet Manilius, the interaction between Roman literature and religious experience, and the reception of the classical world in 21st century Hollywood film.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities 1
  • Introduction to Latin 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek 1
  • Ovid

Gretchen Head

Research Areas
Dr Gretchen Head’s research interests include the roots of the modern novel in Arabic and the genre’s relationship to the pre-modern Arabic/Islamic narrative tradition; the links between historical/philosophical writing and modern narrative; the relationship between traditional Islamic institutions and literary production; literature’s intersection with urban space; gender; and new paradigms of world literature that offer the possibility of greater inclusion of the literatures of the Global South.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities I & II
  • World Literature and its Discontents

Andrew Hui

Research Areas
Dr Andrew Hui’s work is concerned with the classical tradition in European Renaissance culture and how humanist authors absorbed and adapted the archive of antiquity in their works. His methodology is a philological and transnational one—he has published across Latin, Italian, French, and English epic, drama, visual arts, poetry and poetics.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature & Humanities 1 & 2
  • Dante and the European Middle Ages
  • Shakespeare and the Shape of Life
  • Renaissance Literature
  • The Classical Tradition

Pericles Lewis

Research Areas
An expert on literary modernism, Professor Pericles Lewis has authored three books on twentieth-century European literature, all published by Cambridge University Press. He is also an editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. His research shows how developments in literary history emerge out of a background of social, political, and existential ferment.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Modern British Poetry
  • Joseph Conrad

Jane Nardin

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Dr Jane Nardin taught in the US for thirty-five years before arriving in Singapore in 2006. She writes both literary criticism and fiction, and she enjoys helping students improve their own writing. At NUS, she has taught modules in English literature of every century from the fourteenth through the twentieth. The classes she teaches most frequently concern women writers of the nineteenth century and the modernist period, especially Jane Austen, the Brontës, Virginia Woolf, and Katherine Mansfield. She has published books on Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, and Barbara Pym, as well as articles about a variety of English novelists. Her most recent publications are two young adult novels set in India during the nineteenth century.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities 1 & 2
  • Late Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Topics in the Twentieth-Century: Modernist Fiction by Women
  • Literature and Censorship
  • English Literature: The Seventeenth Century
  • English Literature: The Nineteenth Century
  • The Global Short Story
  • English Women Novelists 1750-1800
  • English Women Novelists 1800-1900

Rajeev Patke

Research Areas
Professor Rajeev Patke’s research interests include postcolonial and modernist writing in English, the works of Walter Benjamin, and the relation of poetry and painting to the idea of representation. He is currently researching the literary cultures of islands.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities I & II
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Poetry, Painting and Photography

Mira Seo

Research Areas
Associate Professor Mira Seo specialises in Roman poetry of the imperial period, with particular interests in Roman literary characterisation and discourses of self-construction in ancient philosophy and oratory; the rhetoric of money in Roman poetry; neo-Latin poetry in 16th-century Spain; and classical reception in popular culture.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities 1 & 2
  • Roman Literary Culture
  • Ancient Epic and Gangster Films
  • Food in Roman Literature
  • Ancient Comedy

Ma Shaoling

Research Areas
Dr Shaoling Ma’s research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century to contemporary Sinophone literature and culture, critical and post-critical theory’s interrogations of history, subjectivity, materiality, media, and technology.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities I and II
  • Global Science Fiction

Heidi Stalla

Research Areas
Dr Heidi Stalla explores the way that writers challenge the boundaries of fiction and nonfiction in their work. Dr Stalla is particularly interested in the work of Virginia Woolf and has written about the degree to which Woolf’s craft was not only informed by a lifelong interest in historical genres, but also alludes to the appropriation of material and literary culture from Greece, India, and Egypt as a form of sociopolitical critique.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing
  • The Craft of Virginia Woolf