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Biography

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

Research interests

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).

Monash teaching commitment

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions