Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon

Associate Professor of Literature
Deputy Head of School (Research)

Telephone No: +603 5514 6127
Fax No: +603 5514 6365
Room No: 2-6-14

QualificationsPh.D. (Literature, Western Australia)M.A (Literature, University Malaya)B.Ed (Hons) (TESL, University Malaya)


Andrew Ng hails from the small town of Klang, in Selangor, Malaysia, and attended La Salle, a missionary school, for his secondary education. He pursued an education degree for his undergraduate studies, and a Master in English Literature, both at University Malaya, before continuing with his doctorate studies (literature) at University of Western Australia. He joined Monash University in 2003.

Research Interests

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 lived space – in horror narratives, and this framework currently informs my book project on women and domestic spaces in contemporary Gothic/horror narratives. I am also pursuing a longer term research project that looks at the cinematic history of Southeast Asian horror. For this, I focus on horror films from Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore – largely because these countries have operational and consistent film industries and productions in the last three decades of the twentieth century (the period I am covering for this research). Nevertheless, a chapter will be devoted to the other Southeast nation states’ cinematic horror as well.  Apart from these two projects, I will also be pursuing some smaller, shorter term research endeavors.


  • 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. 
  • Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives: The House as Subject. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.

Edited Books

  • The Poetics of Shadow: The Double in Literature and Philosophy. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2008.
  • Asian Gothic: Essays in Literature, Film and Anime. NJ.: McFarland Pub., 2008. 

Book chapters

  • “Intimate Spaces, Extimate Subjects: The Bedroom in Horror Films”. Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind Screen Doors, eds. Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull and Fran Pheasant-Kelly.  London/New York: Routledge, 2015. 152-66.
  • “Malaysian Literature: An Exercise in Creative Limitations”. Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People, ed. Sophie Lemierre, Petaling Jaya: SIRD, 2014. 221-42.
  • “Sisterhood of Terror: The Monstrous Feminine in Southeast Asian Horror Cinema”, in The Companion to the Horror Film. Ed. Harry Benshoff. London: Blackwell, 2014. 442-59.
  • “Undead Identities: Asian American Literature and the Gothic”, in The Companion to American Gothic. Ed. Charles Crow, London: Blackwell, 2014. 249-63.
  • “Self-Fragmentation, Diseased Landscapes and Other Enigmatic Engagements: American Gothic and the Literatures of South and Southeast Asia”, in The Companion to American Gothic. Ed. Charles Crow, London: Blackwell, 2014. 519-32.
  • “Women as Cultural Wound: Korean Horror Cinema and the Imperative of Han”, in The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Film and Literature: Spectral Identities. Ed. Lisa B. Kröger and Melanie Anderson. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013. 119-36.
  • “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, 2013. 115-40.
  • “Monsters in the Literary Traditions of Asia”, in Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology, ed. Caroline Picart and John Browning. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012 53-72.
  • “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.
  • “Nation and Religion in the Fiction of Lloyd Fernando”, in Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean and Malaysian Literature in English, Vol. 1. Eds. Edwin Thumboo, Gwee Li and Mohammad A. Quayum. Singapore: Ethos Press, 2009. 114-27
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “Gothic Illuminations of the Postmodern and Postcolonial Conditions in Salman Rushdie’s Fury”. British Asian Fictions. Eds. Neil Murphy and Sim Wai Chew. New York: Cambria Press, 2008. 365-84. 
  • “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.
  • “‘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.

Articles in Journals (refereed)

  • “Between Subjugation and Subversion: Ideological Ambiguity in the Cinematic Mae Nak of Thailand”, Horror Studies, 5.2 (2014): 171-82.
  • “Eating Words: Alimentary Motifs in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Poetry”. Asiatic: A Journal of Language and Literature, 8.1. (2014): 101-17.
  • “Psychoanalysis and the Gendering of Architecture in Robert Westall’s The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral”. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 39.3 (2014): 413-32.
  • “Visitations of the Dead: Trauma and Storytelling in Bao Ninh's The Sorrow of War”, Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, 6 (2014): 83-100.
  • “Introduction: Incarnations of Christ in Twentieth Century Fiction”. Spec. issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination, ed. Andrew Hock Soon Ng, 46.2 (2013): v.- xvii.
  • “The Inhumanity of Christ: Damnation and Redemption in Richard Matheson’s I am Legend”.  Spec. issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination, ed. Andrew Hock Soon Ng, 46.2 (2013): 91-108.
  • “The Sacred Profane in the Poetry of Salleh ben Joned”, Kajian Malaysia, 30. Supp. 1 (2012):1-22.
  • “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): 238-50
  • “Heidegger, Psychoanalysis and Haunted Wells in M. R. James's stories”, Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts, 22. 2 (2011):192-211.
  • “Toni Morrison's Beloved: Space, Architecture, Trauma”, Symploke 19.1/2 (2011): 231-246.
  • “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, 44. 2 (2008): 171–81.
  • “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: Arundathi 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).

Other Publications

  • "Ghost - South Asia" in The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Cinematic and Literary Monsters. Ed. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. London: Ashgate, 2014.  
  • “A Cultural History of the Pontianak Films”, in New Malaysian Essays 2. Ed. Amir Muhammad. Kuala Lumpur: Matahari.
  • “K.S Maniam” and “Southeast Asian Fiction”, in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century World Fiction. London: Blackwell.
  • “Shirley Lim’s Monsoon History”. The Literary Encyclopediawww.
  • “Can Xue” and “Su Tong”, two entries in The Compendium of Twentieth Century World Novelists and Novels. Ed. Michael Sollars, New York: Facts on File Inc., 2007

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