Ma Shaoling

Humanities (Literature)

Assistant Professor


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After ten years living abroad in the United States, Dr Shaoling Ma (University of Southern California, PhD, 2012) is excited to return to Singapore to be part of a vibrant intellectual community where knowledge, in both its discovery and validation, resembles the uncanny familiarity of coming home. Before joining Yale-NUS College, Shaoling was an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University from 2013-2015.

Dr Ma’s research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century to contemporary Sinophone literature and culture, critical and post-critical theory’s interrogations of history, subjectivity, materiality, media, and technology. She is currently completing her book manuscript, China and “New” Media, 1861-1911, which examines how traditional print media inscribe the effects produced by new media, and in doing so remediate Chinese thought and Western learning, tradition and modernity, essence and application, as well as culture and technology.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Stone, Jade, Medium: Neocybernetics and Late Qing Literary Utopianism.” Configurations 26.1 (Winter 2018): 1-26. Print.

“To Compare Otherwise: Immanence, Totality, and the Crisis of Capital,” published by Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group, 31.1 (Fall 2017). Online.

“’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.

“Echoing The Politics of Friendship.” Angelaki 13. 3. (2008): 141-153. Print.

Book Chapter

“Reading Chinese Women in Two Communist China Ballets.” On Reading: Fictionality, Form and Friendship, edited by Jeremy Fernando. New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, April 2012. 387-422

Book Reviews

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 <>

“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 I and II
Global Science Fiction
Old/New Media
Postcolonial Literature and Cultures