Ma Shaoling

Humanities (Literature)

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor Shaoling Ma is an Assistant Professor of Humanities (Literature) at Yale-NUS College, where she teaches and writes on literary and critical theory, media, cultural materialism, and global Chinese literature, film, and art. She has published in academic journals such as Science Fiction Studies, Configurations, and Mediations. Her first book manuscript, The Stone and the Wireless: Media and Mediation in China, 1861-1906 is under contract with Duke University Press; she is currently pursuing a second project on the cultural politics of “connectivity” in contemporary China.

Asst Prof 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.

Book Manuscript Under Contract (July 2019)
Duke University Press. The Stone and the Wireless, Media and Mediations in China, 1861-1909
To be Resubmitted Dec 2019.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Accepted 02 April 2019. “Pauses, Cuts, and Static Interference: The Media Forms of Merger and Separation in Malaysia and Singapore.” positions: asia critique.

“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.

“’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