Research Categories


This category covers:

  • Comparative Literature
  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • English and American Literature
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Literature, Science and Technology
  • Popular Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Singapore and Southeast Asian Literature and Culture
  • World Literature

  • The study of modern literature is a relatively young discipline. It emerged in the course of the nineteenth century, came of age in the early twentieth century, and placed itself at the forefront of intellectual debate in the 1960s. It embraces a very wide number of fields of enquiry, from the study of ancient manuscripts and texts, through the collation of different editions, the in-depth study of national traditions, national and historical periods and major authors, to the exploration of the multitude of different critical theories that have arisen over the last half century.

    The Division of English fosters research in many of the different fields that make up the discipline. It has a special interest in the study of Singaporean and South-East Asian literature. It also oversees research, in all the major genres (poetry, drama, fiction), through all the major periods of English Literature (Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, the eighteenth century, romanticisms, the Victorian period, modernism, the twentieth century and contemporary literature) and American Literature (early American literature, the nineteenth century, the twentieth century, native and ethnic American literature), as well as the investigation of new tendencies that have emerged within these (Asian American literature and film; British-Asian literature). It is also conducting research in the intersection of narrative and film, the history, criticism, and theory of film, gender theory, postcolonial studies, comparative literature, European and World Literature, and ethical theory and criticism.

    William Shakespeare   John Milton

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    NameResearch Interests
    Asst Prof Barrie Wayne SherwoodThe contemporary novel Narratives of photograph and text Creative writing: research-led teaching WG Sebald
    Assoc Prof Bede Tregear ScottSouth Asian Literature African Literature Latin American Literature Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Studies Colonial Literature and Narratives of Empire World Noir Affect Studies Narrative Theory
    Mr Benjamin Alexander SlaterScreenwriting Craft and Practice Fiction, Narratives & Storytelling Interactive & Experiental Narratives Film Histories & Criticism Creative Writing
    Assoc Prof Boey Kim ChengContemporary Irish Poetry Modern American and British Poetry Asian Australian Poetry Tang Dynasty Poetry Creative Nonfiction Travel Writing Memoir The Short Story
    Prof C.J. Wee Wan-ling• Globalisation and contemporary cultural production in East and Southeast Asia • Curation and the idea of 'Asia' • Literature, theatre and contemporary visual art in Singapore • Colonialism and nationalism in English and Anglophone literatures and cultures • Cultural and Postcolonial theory • Modernity and modernism in Euro-America and East Asia
    Asst Prof Chen Song-ChuanSino-Western relations during the Canton era • Cultural exchanges • Perceptions and imaginations • Informational networks • Relations between capital and the state • Interactions between foreign sailors and costal peoples Ming and Qing China in global history • The great divergence • Early Chinese travellers to the West • Merchants and missionaries in China • China’s perception of the West • Commercial policy and perceptions of commerce • State violence and people’s trauma experiences Republican China and Taiwan • Colonial experience and process of decolonization • The making of Chinese nationalism • Circulation of violence and experiences of trauma Contemporary history of Taiwan • Matsu and Kinmen as frontier islands of the Cold War • People’s experiences and memories of the Cold War • Social and cultural changes after 1949 Chinese Religion • History of death & cemetery • History of Shenism deity creation
    Miss Cheng Ooi LanCatherine's areas of expertise are Emotional Intelligence and Multicultural Minds in Negotiation. Her current research works focus on Multicultural Minds in Inter- and Intracultural Negotiation Multicultural minds describe bicultural individuals - people who have internalized two cultures to the extent that both cultures influence their thoughts, feelings and actions in turn. Essentially, the internalized cultures are independent and the original culture is not replaced by the new. However, given the right priming, these different cultures are surfaced in the bicultural individuals separately. Which culture is surfaced is dependent on the cues such as context and symbols that are psychologically associated with one culture or another that these individuals are primed with. The process whereby bicultural individuals switch mindsets is termed frame switching. To understand frame switching, one must think of culture as not being internalized in the form of an integrated and highly general structure but as a loose network of domain-specific knowledge structure. Furthermore, individuals are seen as being able to acquire more than one cultural meaning system eventhough the system may contain contradictory or conflicting constructs. How particular pieces of cultural knowledge become operative is dependent on the accessibility of the construct. It has been a long-standing hypothesis in cognitive and social pyschology that a construct is accessible to the extent that it has been activated by recent use. Thus, if an individual is primed with iconic cultural symbols, i.e., images created or selected for their power to evoke in observers a particular frame of mind, activation of a certain network of cultural constructs would be possible. For example, if a bicultural Singaporean exposed to Singaporean icons like the Merlion, it should activate interpretative constructs in their Singaporean cultural knowledge network; exposing the same individual to American icons like a picture of Abraham Lincoln instead should activate constructs in their American cultural knowledge network. Thus, this leads us to the following research questions: Firstly, is it possible for bicultural individuals through priming and frame switching surface scripts and schemas for negotiation appropriate to the culture of the other negotiating party? Secondly, can culture priming activate culture specific behaviors? Another related question would be: which context ? intracultrual or intercultural mindframes ? provides the highest joint gains if a bicultural individual activates the appropriate scripts and schemas in the negotiation process? Finally, what mediators and moderators, if any, contribute towards the possible difference in results? Substantial research has been done on negotiation by western scholars over the past decade. In the area of cross-cultural negotation, there is extensive work on negotiations in different cultural contexts by various scholars. There is also some research on negotiations between members of different cultures or intercultural negotiation. However, work on cultural influence within individuals who have been exposed extensively to two cultures (biculturals) in a negotiation context has not been studied. Therefore, it would be of interest to determine just how the bicultural influences in a bicultural individual would interfere with the negotiation of joint gains in an intracultural and intercultural negotiation context.
    Dr Chiang Hui Ling MichelleModernism Madness in Literature Literature and the Philosophy of Mind Literature and the Philosophy of Time Samuel Beckett Henri Bergson Gao Xingjian
    Dr Christopher John HillHis present research interests focus on contemporary literature and English for Academic Purposes
    Asst Prof Christopher Peter TriggThe American Puritans The Radical Enlightenment Transcendentalism Political Theology Religion in American Literature