Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon
Associate Professor of Literature
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Andrew Ng is Associate Professor in Literary Studies and the Chair of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He received his PhD from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. He specializes in Gothic and horror narratives, and is particularly interested in a framework that compares the related genres’ Eastern and Western manifestations.
His current research looks at the literary tradition of Asian monstrosities - from the Middle Eastern ghoul and the demon lord, Ravana, in the Ramayana, to the monstrous feminine of Southeast Asia and the bakeneko of Japan, among others - and how their representation and significance have been transformed and updated in recent history. His most recent monograph is Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives: The House as Subject (Palgrave, 2015).
He serves on the editorial board of the Anthem Gothic Series and regularly reviews for the journal, ASIATIC: An International Journal of asian Literatures, Cultures and Englishes
Ph.D. (Literature, Western Australia)
M.A (Literature, University Malaya)
B.Ed (Hons) (TESL, University Malaya)
Andrew Ng’s primary research area is in gothic/horror studies that encourages a lateral approach in reading and theorizing literature, and comparing the genre’s Eastern and Western manifestations. He is interested in tracing the tradition and aesthetics of the gothic in postcolonial and Asian American narratives, as well as exploring the formal conventions of horror in evoking both tactile and emotional experiences in the reader. Lately, his work has also included a focus on space and spatiality in the genre, especially in terms of its representation of how lived space in gendered.
Another of Ng’s specialization is anglophone and sinophone Malaysian literature, particularly its contemporary development and increasing turn to the transnational without relinquishing a local focus. His publication, Intimating the Sacred: Religion in Anglophone Malaysian Fiction (HKU Press, 2011) - a study that considers the imbrication of literature, religion and nationalism - remains the only full-length monograph on the subject to date, and he has organized a couple of scholarly events centered on the current state of Malaysian writings whose contributions were/are to be published as special issues of peer-reviewed journals.
More recently, Ng’s focus on horror studies has widened to include paranormal media (particularly the documentary and reality-TV) and the graphic novel. He is particularly interested in the way these media deploy formal conventions and strategies specific to them to represent the horrifying and the horrific (the supernatural, violence).
A study comprising a series of related essays, Ng’s current monograph-length project focuses on individual traditional Asian monsters - such as, to name a few, the Malaysian pontianak, the demon Lord Ravana from the Ramayana, the Japanese feline yōkai (or monster), the Middle Eastern flesh-eating ghoul, the Chinese fox-fairy, and Sun Wukong from Journey to the West - and how their function and significance have been transformed and updated in recent cultural history.
Together with Drs. Katarzyna Ancuta (Chulalongkorn Univ., Thailand) and Mary Ainslie (Univ. of Nottingham, China) Southeast Asian Gothic, Ng is also editing a volume on Southeast Asian gothic. The various countries of the region will be represented in this collection, whose essays will cover both literature and film.
A recent project undertaken by Ng is a symposium on the state of Malaysian Literature in the twenty-first century. Jointly organized with Professor Muhammad Quayum of the International Islamic University of Malaysia, the event brought together scholars from four countries (Singapore, Australia, Japan and Malaysia) to discuss Malaysia’s literary development in the present era especially in relation to its confrontation with transnationalism, the state’s ongoing policy on language, and the country’s multi-ethnic situation, among others. A special issue of the peer-reviewed journal ASIATIC scheduled for December 2018 will publish the essays, which cover literature written in English, Malay and Chinese, that resulted from this symposium.
Associate Professor Andrew Ng helms the Writing Minor, which he also developed and comprises the following units:
- AMU1312 Introduction to Creative Writing (fiction and non-fiction)
- AMU1314 Writing Techniques: Forms and Literary Devices
- AMU2315 Strategies in Writing Experiments
- AMU3859 Writing Portfolio
Aimed at students who care about writing as a craft, the Writing Minor also prepares them to be job-ready through the third-year unit whereby students will individually develop a portfolio collecting their writings across a range of genres that could be used for employment seeking purpose after graduation. The Minor is organized according a sequence of units meant to help students hone their strength gradually and systematically in the craft of writing.
Ng has also written a couple of units specifically for the Malaysian campus; the first, Postcolonial and Diasporic Literature considers the literary productions of nations once colonized by the British, and how they reflect the transition and transformation of these nations and their people in the postcolonial era. It also focuses on writings in diaspora with an emphasis on what they reveal about hybrid identity construction, liminal belonging, nostalgia and other issues related to the transnational experience. The other unit, Film Genre, which is also a core in the Film Television and Screen Studies Major, looks at issues of genre from a theoretical, social, historical and comparative perspective in both Western and non-Western cinemas.
Besides the Writing Minor, Ng teaches a methodology class on discourse analysis at both Honor’s and postgraduate levels. He has also helped develop units in the teaching of literature for other local institutions of higher learning.
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.
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.
“Conceptualizing Varieties of Space in Horror Fiction”. The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature, eds. Kevin Costorphine and Laura Kremmel. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018. 441-56.
“The Fantastic and the Woman Question in Edith Nesbit’s Male Gothic Stories”. The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s, eds. Lizzie Harris McCormick, Jennifer Mitchell and Rebecca Soares. London/New York: Routledge, 2019. 135-51.
“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.
“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.
Articles in Journals (refereed)
“Minority Literature, Performativity, Resistance: The Case of Anglophone and Sinophone Malaysian Writings”. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature,12.2. (2018): 65-82.
“Nationalism and the Intangible Effects of Violence in Malik Sajad’s Munnu: A Boy from Kashmi”. South Asian Review, 38. 3 (2018): 1-16.
“The Monster as Ethical Mirror: The Example of Monkey from Journey to the West”. Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture, 52. 3 (2017):153-63.
“Between Subjugation and Subversion: Ideological Ambiguity in the Cinematic Mae Nak of Thailand”, Horror Studies, 5.2 (2014): 171-82.
“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.
“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.
Ng, Andrew, 2011: Anglophone Malaysian Literature: A Kajian Malaysia Workshop. SASS Research Grant, RM2.3K
Ng, Andrew and Muhammad Quayum, 2018: The State of Malaysian Literature in the Twentieth Century: A Symposium. SASS Research Grant, RM18.8 K.
Areas of Research & Supervision
My areas of research and supervision include Gothic and horror narratives (Western and Asian), postmodern writing, postcolonial literature, space and spatiality in literature and film, and literary theory
Postgraduate (Monash University)
Matthew Yap Tuck Mun (with associate supervisor: Dr Jonathan Driskell);
The Reality of TV: Identity, Authenticity and Personal Power within Reality TV based Science-Fiction
Stephanie Tan Li Hsia (with associate supervisor: Dr Jonathan Driskell);
Everyday Life in Practice: The Everyday as Identity, Resistance, and Tradition in Virginia Woolf
Shana binti Sanusi (with associate supervisor: Dr Jonathan Driskell);
The Domestic Space and Familial Trauma in East Asian Horror Cinema
Eugene Chua Kee Hong (with associate supervisor: Professor Helen Nesadurai);
Post-colonial contestation in Malaysian and Singaporean imaginations.
Abdullah Al Mahmud (with associate supervisor: Professor James Chin Ung Ho);
Decolonizing English Language Pedagogy: A postcolonial study of teaching-learning curriculum and praxis in Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Claire J. Grant (with associate supervisor: Dr Christopher Worth (MUA);
Materiality and Architecture in the novels of Virginia Woolf
Jacqui Kong Huiyi (with associate supervisor: Associate Professor Sharon A Bong);
Serving up ethnicities: Chinese celebrity chefs and the search for identity
Eugene Chua Kee Hong (with associate supervisor: Associate Professor Sharon A Bong);
Destabilizing Realities: Black humour in the fictions of Heller, Pynchon and Vonnegut
Peter Gan Chong Beng (with associate supervisor Professor Gil Soo Han (MUA); Dialectics and the sublime in Evelyn
Underhill's mysticism: the nature and development of spiritual consciousness