Assistant Professor Shaoling Ma is an Assistant Professor of Humanities (Literature) at Yale-NUS College. She was born in Taiwan, grew up in Singapore, and spent ten years in the United States where she obtained her PhD (University of Southern California, Comparative Literature), and subsequently taught at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include literary and critical theory, media studies, and global Chinese literature, film, and art. She has published in academic journals such as Science Fiction Studies, Configurations, Mediations, and positions. Her first book manuscript, The Stone and the Wireless: Mediating China, 1861-1906 is forthcoming in 2021 with Duke University Press as part of the ‘Sign, Storage, Transmission’ series.
Asst Prof Ma’s research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century to contemporary global Chinese literature and culture, critical and post-critical theory’s interrogations of history, subjectivity, materiality, media, and technology. Her first book manuscript, The Stone and the Wireless: Mediating China, 1861-1906 is forthcoming in 2021 with Duke University Press as part of the ‘Sign, Storage, Transmission’ series. She is currently pursuing a second project on the recursions of digitality in contemporary media studies and global China.
Forthcoming Book Manuscript (May 2021)
Duke University Press. The Stone and the Wireless, Mediating China, 1861-1909.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Forthcoming. “Pauses, Cuts, and Static Interference: The Media Forms of Merger and Separation in Malaysia and Singapore.” positions: asia critique, 28.4 (December 2020): 841-868. Print.
“Stone, Jade, Medium: A Neocybernetics New Story of the Stone (1905-1906).” Configurations, 26.1 (Winter 2018): 1-26. Print.
“To Compare Otherwise: Dialectics and The Work of Comparison in Structural Totality.” Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group, 31. 1 (Fall 2017). Online. http://www.mediationsjournal.org/articles/compare-otherwise
“’A Tale of New Mr. Braggadocio’: The ‘Social Brain’ of Late Qing Chinese Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies. Special issue on China, 40.2 (2013): 55-72. Print.
“Living and Dying by the Event.” Theory and Event, 12.1 (2009). 24 pages. Online. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/summary/v012/12.1.ma.html
“Echoing The Politics of Friendship.” Angelaki, 13.3. (2008): 141-153. Print.
Review for Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism. Journal of Chinese Philosophy. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 41.1 (Dec 2014): 770-774.
Review for The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory. MCLC Resource Center Publication. September 2013. Online http://mclc.osu.edu/rc/pubs/reviews/ma.htm
“The Impossible Completion of Immanence: Review of The Implications of Immanence by Leonard Lawlor.” Discourse, 32.1 (2010): 141-144.
Review for “Undercover Surrealism: Picasso, Miro, Masson and the Vision of Georges Bataille 11 May 39 – July 2006, Hayward Gallery.” (co-written with John William Phillips). Theory, Culture and Society, 23.5/6, (2006): 253-262.
Literature and Humanities II
Global Science Fiction
New Media and Literature
Sinophone Literature and Culture
Goodbye Mao?: China’s Postsocialist Transformations