Professor Liz Ho received her PhD in English Literature from Rutgers University in 2004. She specializes in late twentieth-century and twenty-first century Anglophone fiction and cultural politics; with research and teaching interests in postcolonial theory and fiction; film, visual literatures such as comics and graphic novel; and global literatures in English.  Liz taught in the U.S. before returning to Hong Kong in 2013.  Her monograph, Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2012), explores how the resurrection of the nineteenth century in contemporary British and postcolonial texts, ranging from novels to graphic novels, “steampunk” and Jackie Chan films, allows the ghostly legacy of imperialism to be staged and remembered in and for the present. Liz’s current GRF-funded project, tentatively titled, Map-able, The Politics of Postcolonial Space, brings together geo-criticism, critical geography and postcolonial theory to extend a series of critical possibilities in contemporary fiction called “map-ability”. 

Liz is the Consultant Editor of the online journal, Neo-Victorian Studies, and currently serves on the advisory and editorial boards of the International Journal of Students as Partners and the Journal of Cultural Urban Studies.


Courses to be taught in 2019-20:

ENGL1014       Imaginary geographies: The art of writing place
ENGL2074       Postcolonial readings
ENGL3040       Internship in English studies




Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire.  London & New York: Continuum (2012).

Edited collections and Special Issues:
‘Neo-Victorian Asia’. Neo-Victorian Studies: special issue. Forthcoming 2017.

Thatcher & After: Margaret Thatcher and her afterlife in contemporary culture.  Co-edited with Louisa Hadley. Basingstoke, UK:Palgrave Macmillan (2010).

Book chapters:
“Politicizing Maps and Emotion: Reading and Re-reading Dung Kai-Cheung’s Atlas: The Archeology of an Imaginary City”. Transforming Cities: Narratives of Urban Change in the 19th and 21st Centuries, eds. Nora Plesske, Monika Pietrzak-Franger and Eckart Voigts. Universitatsverlag Heidelberg:  Winter (2017).

“Asian Masculinity and Whiteness in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy”. The Victorian Period in 21st Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature, eds. Sara K. Day and Sonya Sawyer-Fritz. London & New York: Routledge (2017).

“Adapt Re-use: Hong Kong’s neo-Victorian spaces,” Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics, eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Amsterdam: Brill (2015).

 “The Neo-Victorian-At-Sea: Towards a Global Memory of the Victorian,” Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations, eds. Nadine Boehm and Susanne Gruss, London & New York: Routledge (2014).

Journal articles - Refereed:
“Small steps towards an ethos of partnership: a focus group on ‘homework’.” International Journal of Students as Partners.  (Under review).

“‘Last Empress’ Fiction and Asian Neo-Victorianism”. Neo-Victorian Studies: Special Issue: Neo-Victorian Asia.  (Currently under review for publication in 2017).

“Faculty-student engagement in teaching observation and assessment: a Hong Kong initiative,” Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 2015: 1-13.

“Victorian maids and neo-Victorian labour in Kaoru Mori’s Emma: A Victorian Romance,” Neo-Victorian Studies: Special Issue: Neo-Victorianism and Feminism: New Approaches, 2013: 40 – 63.

“I think it’s really about us:” Review of Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Wayne Wang’s film adaptation.  Neo-Victorian Studies, 4 (2), 2011: 191-202.

“From having it all to away from it all:”  Post-feminism in Posy Simmonds’s graphic novel, Tamara Drewe. College Literature, 38 (2), 2011: 45 – 65.

 “Postimperial landscapes: Psychogeography and Englishness in Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell.”   Cultural Critique, 63, 2006: 99 – 121.

“Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs and the trauma of convictism.” Antipodes: A North American Journal for Australian Literature, December, 17 (2), 2003: 124 – 132.



Last updated: 25 November 2019