I arrived in Hong Kong after completing my PhD at King's College London. My thesis on interwar British women's writing looked in particular at the essays of women writers such as Virginia Woolf, Rose Macaulay, Storm Jameson and Rebecca West and was concerned with how studying the essays of these different women writers produced a complicated picture of modern writing that went beyond modernism.


British women's middlebrow writing from the early twentieth century; British women modernists; Middlebrow writing set in China by Ann Bridge and Stella Benson; HK film


Courses taught in 2019-20:
ENGL1028       Awakenings: Exploring women’s writing
ENGL1013       Exploring the modern: Reading early 20th century British writing
ENGL2080       Women, feminism, and writing



Postgraduate supervision
I would welcome proposals on British women's writing from the early twentieth century - middlebrow as well as modernist. I am also open to proposals that examine Asian film.





1. Women, Privacy and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

2. Fruit Chan's Durian Durian. New Hong Kong Cinema Series, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, 2005.


Recent journal articles:

1. 'Southwards and Outwards: Representing Chineseness in New Locations in Hong Kong Films'. China Abroad. Edited by Elaine Y.L. Ho and Julia Kuehn. (In press; Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong).

2. 'Re-imagining Hong Kong-China from the sidelines: Fruit Chan's Little Cheung'. Hong Kong Alternative Cinema. Edited by Gina Marchetti, Tan See-kam and Esther Cheung. (Forthcoming; contracted to Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong).

3. Tropical Hong Kong: Narratives of Absence and Presence in Hollywood and Hong Kong Films of the 50s and 60s'. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Special Issue on the Tropical Asian City on Film. Edited by Chua Beng Huat. March 2008.

4. 'The Hong Kong Local on Film: Re-imagining the Global'. Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. Vol. 49, 2007.

5. Leisure in Interwar Domestic Novels'. Women: A Cultural Review, vol. 17, no. 2, 2006.

6. '0.01cm: Affectivity and Urban Space in Chungking Express'. Scope: an online journal of film studies, Nov 2003.

7. 'A Return to Romance: Winifred Holtby's Spinster Novels from Between the Wars'. Orbis Litterarum: International Review of Literary Studies, Vol. 58, no. 3, Spring 2003.



Last updated: 17 July 2019