Research Postgraduates


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Current students

Anfinson, Aaron (PhD, Sociolinguistics, A. Jaworski)
Aaron Anfinson’s research interests include nation branding, semiotic landscapes and the greater realignments brought about by the advent of late modernity.
https://hku-hk.academia.edu/AaronAnfinson

Chan Man Long (MPhil, The Long 19th Century, F. Blumberg) 
Johnson Chan is interested in the encounters between poetry and the novel in the long nineteenth century. His current research looks at the poeticization of the novel in the hybrid forms of verse-novels and prose-poetry.

Chung, Fiona (PhD, Modern Poetry, P. Richards)

Gresham, Jennifer (PhD, Popular Genre Fiction and Film and Taste Cultures, O. Heim)
Jennifer Gresham is currently researching the intersection between popular genres, discursive processes of genrification, and contemporary transnational, transmedial, and subcultural taste formations.

Gualtieri, Joseph (PhD, Travel Writing, P. Smethurst)
Joseph Gualtieri's interests include literature of the Anthropocene, cultural responses to extinction crises, and geographical perception in contemporary place writing.

Guinto, Nicanor (PhD, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis, A. Jaworski)

Hao Tun (PhD, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, J. Leung)
Hao Tun studies language acquisition and construction grammar, with particular interests in implicit and statistical learning in Chinese construction acquisition.
https://hku-hk.academia.edu/TunHao

Hui Yat Sin Cindy (PhD, English Literature, P. Richards)

Lam Ka Ki (MPhil, Literary Studies: Women Writing from the Early Twentieth Century, W. Gan)
Janice Lam researches the representation of the everyday and women in interwar British writings. She is interested in recuperating under-appreciated texts because she believes in voices and words. 

Leung Eva (PhD, Literature, J. Kuehn)

Liu Yang (MPhil, Victorian English Literature, J. Kuehn)
Lucy Liu Yang’s research interests include the Victorian Age, English literature in the 18th and 19th century, and George Eliot.

Lok Wai Yi (PhD, Sociolinguistics, L. Lim)

Luo Zhengpeng (PhD, Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Language and Identity Construction, O. Zayts)
Luo Zhengpeng specialises in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis in professional and digital settings. 
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zhengpeng_Luo

Militello Jacqueline (PhD, Sociolinguistics, A. Jaworski)
Jackie Militello uses linguistic ethnography to examine "small talk" and identity interpretation in institutional settings.

Nogues Collier Desha (PhD, Contemporary Trans-Pacific and U.S. Poetry, O. Heim)
Collier Nogues is a poet and scholar whose research focuses on 21st-century U.S. poetry and militarisation in the Pacific. 
http://www.colliernogues.com

Poon Lok Ming (MPhil, Sociolinguistics, B. Bolander)

Shi Huiwen (PhD), Comparative Poetry, P. Richards)
Huiwen Shi’s research project is on poetry, particularly contemporary elegy.

Tomfohrde, Carmen (PhD, English, O. Heim)
Carmen Tomfohrde works at the intersection of visual art and literary studies. Her current research examines impacts of Christian missionaries on culture in Polynesia.

Tse Chung Tak (PhD, Victorian Literature and Culture, J. Kuehn)

Tse Wai Sum (MPhil, Language Studies (Discourse Analysis), B. Bolander)

Wong Chun Hin (MPhil, Sociolinguistics, B. Bolander)

Wang Jing Tian (PhD, Sociolinguistics, L. Lim)
Sydney Wang is interested in code-switching in both structural and sociolinguistic perspectives.

Wong Man Tat Parco (PhD, A Historical and Sociological Study of Triad Discourse in Hong Kong, C. Hutton)

Wu Zhao Zhen (MPhil, Sociolinguistics; Discourse Analysis, C. Hutton)

Xu Lingyi (MPhil, Victorian Literature, J. Valdez)

Zhang Weiliang (PhD, English Literature, D. Kerr)

 

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Current students’ research output

Journal articles

Du, Biyu. 2015. The silenced interpreter: A case study of language and ideology in the Chinese criminal court. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 28 (3)507-524. DOI 10.1007/s11196-015-943/-z
Luo, Zhengpeng. 2015. Chinese netizen’s English language attitudes in the context of College Entrance Examination reform. Journal of Tianjin Foreign Studies University 22 (6): 57-63. (In Chinese)
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2016. Exploring the sources of authority over the word meaning in transgender jurisprudence.  (Re)Imagining Law: Marginalised Bodies/ Indigenous Spaces, Special Issue of International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 29(1): 29-44. DOI: 10.1007/s11196-015-9433-x 
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2012. Definition in law: Transgender identities and marriage. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 6: 158-162. 
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2015. ‘Missionaries, materials, and the making of the modern world’: A Conference at the University of Cambridge. Material Religion: The Journal of Art, Objects, and Belief 11(1): 131-134. DOI:  10.2752/174322015X14259910631914 
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2016. The colonies in concrete: Walter Benjamin, urban form, and the dreamworlds of empire. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2015.1131183
Xu Daozhi. Forthcoming. Transformation and collaboration in the paratexts of indigenous Children’s Literature. Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian / New Zealand Literature.
Yeung Matthew W.L. and Janny H.C. Leung. 2015. An empirical study of lay comprehension of Chinese legal reference texts in Hong Kong. The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 22: 79-110. 
Yeung Matthew and Janny Leung. 2015. Removing linguistic barriers to justice: A study of official reference texts for unrepresented litigants in Hong Kong. The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 28(1): 135-153. 

Book chapters

Gualtieri, Joseph. 2015. Metaphor, travel, and the (un)making of the steppe. In Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst, eds. New Directions in Travel Writing Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2015. Travel literature and the infrastructural unconscious. In Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst, eds. New Directions in Travel Writing Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 129-144.

Conference/ seminar presentations

Anfinson, Aaron. 2015. Questioning the nation: #QandA and the mediatisation of Zaky Mallah. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow: Postgraduate Perspectives (STT2015). 2-3 October 2015.
Anfinson, Aaron. 2015. The writing on the wall: The Umbrella Movement, language and revolution. Paper presented at the 7th Linguistic Landscape Conference (LL7). University of California Berkeley, USA. 7-9 May 2015.
Anfinson-Aldayel, Nadia and Aaron Anfinson. 2015. (De)constructing national modernity: Nation branding and the staging of the Islamic State. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics of Globalisation Conference: (De)centring and (de)standardization (SLXG2015). Hong Kong. 3-6 June 2015.
Anfinson, Aaron. 2014. ‘ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US’: Heteroglossia, language and laughter. Paper presented at School Seminar, School of English, University of Hong Kong. 27 March 2014.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2016. African English speakers in Chinese criminal courts: The issue of mutual understanding in communication with interpreters. Paper presented at INCOLAS/HKU Sociolinguistics Seminar. Copenhagen, Denmark. 8-10 August 2016.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2016. Participation in the bilingual trial: African migrants in Chinese criminal courts. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Association of Applied Linguistics. Orlando, Florida, USA. 11 April 2016.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2016. The bilingual trial: Access to interpreting, communication, and participation in Chinese courts. Paper presented at the School of English seminar series, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. 17 March 2016.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2015. Paper presented at the Expertise in language and law symposium. Cardiff University. Cardiff, UK. 27 November 2015.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2015. Space, signs and symbolic power in Chinese criminal courtrooms. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics. Guangzhou, China. 6-9 June 2015.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2015. Nigerians in Chinese criminal courts: The legal–lay encounter in the periphery. Paper presented at the international conference of The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization (SLXG2015). Hong Kong. 3-6 June 2015.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2015. Doing ethnographic work in Chinese criminal courts: A researcher’s dilemma. Paper presented Doing Research Integrity across the Arts and Humanities: A One-Day Workshop. Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 22 April 2015.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2015. Interpreter-mediated legal-lay communication in the era of globalization: Nigerians in Chinese criminal courts. Paper presented at the International Colloquium on Multilingualism and Interpreting in Settings of Globalization: Asylum and Migration. Ghent, Belgium. 19-20 February 2015.
Du, Biyu Jade. 2013. Formalism of final statement in Chinese criminal courtroom. Paper presented at the 14th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law. Hangzhou, China. 25-29 May 2013. 
Gresham, Jennifer. 2015. Sasori vs. The System?: The Female Convict Scorpion Series as cult cinema. Paper presented at IAFOR The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH 2015). Osaka International Conference Centre, Osaka, Japan. 2-5 April 2015.
Gualtieri, Joseph. 2013. Tripping through the steppe: A topology. Paper presented at St. John's Graduate Conference, St. John's University, New York, USA. 9 March 2013.
Gualtieri, Joseph. 2014. Extinction and homogenization in the Anthropocene. Paper presented at The Sixth Tamkang Conference on Ecological Discourse, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan. 19-20 December 2014.
Gualtieri, Joseph. 2015. Nature and the crisis in global civilizational values. Paper presented at The International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations 2015 Conference, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. 11-13 June 2015.
Luo, Zhengpeng. 2016. Ethical considerations in cross-sector research involving private companies, vulnerable participants, and shared disciplinary expertise. Paper presented at the 2nd Workshop on Doing Research (Integrity) Across the Arts and Humanities. Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong. 14 April 2016.
Militello, Jacqueline. 2016. Language ideologies in elite job interviews. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 21. University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain. June 2016.
Militello, Jacqueline. 2015. Linguistic gatekeeping in job interviews. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow: Postgraduate Perspectives. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. October 2015.
Narayan, Niketa Gupte. 2015. The value of gentlemanly virtue: Social ambition and ‘embedded’ habits in Thackeray's Pendennis. Paper presented at Value, Oxford English Graduate Conference, Oxford University. 5 June 2015. 
Narayan, Niketa Gupte. 2015. Policing the 'Unprofitable' in William Makepeace Thackeray: Victorian Power and Social Discipline. Paper presented at Perspectives on Power: Textual and Cinematic Representations. University of Maryland, USA.  27-28 March 2015.
Nogues, Collier. 2016. ‘With our entire breath’: Military suburbanization on Guam and Craig Santos Perez's Literature of Resistance. Paper presented at Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. March 2016.
Shi Hui Wen. 2016. From “Soldier’s Dream” to “Veteran’s Dream”: Acts of redress in postwar war poems. Paper presented at Religion, Ethics and Literature seminar, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. March 2016.
Shi Huiwen. 2014. Seamus Heaney’s ‘Failed’ elegies and the nonhuman subject: A reading of the ‘Widgeon Poems’. Paper presented at New Voices 2014 – Multidisciplinary Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars’ Conference. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. June 2014.   
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2015. Understanding Transgender Marriage Case W v Registrar of Marriages through Ms W 's Voice. Paper presented at Law and Society in the 21th Century. The University of Oslo, Norway. June 2015.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2014. Understanding Transgender Marriage Case W v Registrar of Marriages through Ms W 's Voice. Paper presented at the International Conference on Hong Kong as Method. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Dec 2014.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2014. Understanding Transgender Marriage Case W v Registrar of Marriages through Ms W 's Voice. Paper presented at The 9th Annual Conference of The Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong (ASAHK): Culture and Society in Asia: Thematic Issues and Methodologies. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. March 2014.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2013. Exploring the sources of authority over word meaning in transgender jurisprudence. Paper presented at The 14th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law: Semioticizing and Semioticized Law (IRSL 2013). Hangzhou, China. April, 2013.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2013. Exploring the sources of authority over word meaning in transgender jurisprudence. Paper presented at the International Colloquium on Integrational Linguistics. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Jan 2013.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2012. Definition and classification in law: Transgender identities and marriage. Paper presented at the International Conference on Law and Society 2012. Perth, Australia. Dec 2012.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2012. Definition in law: Transgender identities and marriage. Paper presented at The Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists 2012 (IAFL 2012). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. July 2012.
Tao Weiyi Kimberly. 2012. Structuring Foucault's monstrousness in transgendered people through legal classification. Paper presented at Politics of Interpretation: (Con)Text and Power. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. June 2012.
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2016. The politics and imperialism of British missionary beginnings in Tahiti. Paper presented at Connected Histories, Mirrored Empires:  British and French Imperialism from the 17th through Twentieth Centuries. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 27-29 May 2016.
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2016. Conversion and culture change: Narrating failures and impacts of early Christian missionaries in Polynesia, 1797-1830. Paper presented at the School of English Seminar Series. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 31 March 2016.
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2016. Theological aesthetics and missionary intervention in non-Christian cultures, with reference to Polynesian history. Paper presented at Sia’atoutai Theological College, Tongatapu, Tonga. 8 March 2016.
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2014. The Duff reconsidered: A prelude to iconoclasm. Paper presented at Missionaries, Materials, and the Making of the Modern World.Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. 3-5 September 2014. 
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2014. Conversion and the aura of visual art: A Polynesian case study. Paper presented at Art, Religion, and Performance.British Association for the Study of Religions. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 15-17 September 2014. 
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2014. Architectures of the invisible hand: Joseph Conrad in colonial Singapore. Paper presented at the Australian Modernist Studies Network. University of Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2014.
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2014. Out of the tangles and shadows of the jungle: Mapping Conrad's colonial city. Paper presented at the Joseph Conrad Society Annual Conference. University of Kent, UK. 4 July 2014.
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2014. Walter Benjamin and colonial urban culture. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Intercollegiate Modernism Seminar. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 10 February 2014.
Wang, Jintian. 2016. The fuzzy boundary between public and private in digital discourse. Paper presented at the 2nd Doing Research (Integrity) Across the Arts and Humanities: A One-Day Workshop. Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 14 April 2016.
Xu, Daozhi. 2016. Insiders’ and outsiders’ perspectives: Indigenous cultural knowledge in circulation. Paper presented at the 2nd Workshop on Doing Research (Integrity) Across the Arts and Humanities. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 14 April 2016.
Xu, Daozhi. 2015. Living memories: Autobiographical and testimonial narratives of the Stolen Generations. Paper presented at the 3rd Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) Conference. East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. 22-25 October 2015.
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2015. The ethics of the Gift: Representing Aboriginality in children’s literature. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Parallels Between Australian Indigenous People and People of Chinese Mongolian Nationality. Inner Mongolia University. Hohhot, China. 26-28 June 2015. 
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2015. The Gift and the ethics of representing Aboriginality in Australian children’s literature. Paper presented at Research Postgraduate Seminar. School of English, the University of Hong Kong. 19 March 2015.
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2014. Transformation, collaboration, and authorial control in the paratexts of indigenous children’s literature. Paper presented at the International Australian Studies Association Biennial Conference. University of Tasmania. Hobart, Australia. 3-5 December 2014.
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2013. Walking the country. Paper presented at Symposium on Australian Literature for Chinese Scholars. University of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia. 5 July 2013.
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2012. Going native: Honesty in the Romantic formation of Aboriginality. Paper presented at the 2012 Biennial Conference of the Australian Children’s Literature Association for Research. Canberra ACT, Australia. 20-22 June 2012.
Xu Daozhi Claire. 2012. Postcolonial narratives in Australian children’s literature. Paper presented at the HKU Arts Research Postgraduate Students & Society of Scholars Humanities Forum. Hong Kong. 16 January 2012.  
Yeung, Matthew. 2015. Lay participation of common law: Understanding the semiotic specificity of law through the eyes of unrepresented litigants. Paper presented at Law and Society in the 21st Century – The functions of law in a global society. University of Oslo, Norway. 10-12 June 2015.
Yeung, Matthew. 2015. Research integrity in a socio-legal study on unpresented litigants. Paper presented at Doing Research Integrity across the Arts and Humanities: A One-Day Workshop. Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, HKSAR. 22 April 2015
Yeung, Matthew. 2014    How do laymen make sense of the law: a case study of unrepresented litigants in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Hong Kong as Method. University of Hong Kong, HKSAR. 8-9 April 2014.
Yeung, Matthew. 2013. Layman comprehension of legal reference texts and writing common law Chinese in plain language: An empirical study. Paper presented at The 14th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law: Semioticizing and Semioticized Law. Hangzhou, China. 25-29 May 2013.
Yeung, Matthew. 2012. Removing linguistic barriers to justice: a study of official reference texts for unrepresented litigants. Paper presented at The Second International Conference on Law, Language and Discourse: Multiculturalism, Multimodality and Multidimensionality. Hangzhou, China. 20-22 April 2012.

Book reviews

Shi Huiwen. In prep. In the constant shift of   impermanence. [Terry Watada, The Game of 100 Ghosts (Poems) Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2014]
Shi Huiwen. In prep. I hang the sun at the angle I need it. [王小妮:《有什麼在我心裏一過》Something Crosses my Mind: Translated from Chinese by Eleanor Goodman. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2014]
Shi Hui Wen. 2015. Review of Marshall Moore and Xu Xi, ed., The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong, Nottingham, UK: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2014. 159 pgs. Asiatic 9(2) (December 2015). http://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/AJELL/article/view/666/589
Shi Huiwen. 2015. Assassinating the Avant-Garde: Mu Shiying: China's Lost Modernist. [A Review of Andrew David Field (Editor and Translator), Mu Shiying: China's Lost Modernist, Hong Kong University Press, 2014. 160 pgs.] Asian Cha, Issue 28 (June 2015). http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/2089/505/ 
Shi Huiwen. 2015. Journey to the West: The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the struggle for modernity. [Review of Diana Yeh, The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity, Hong Kong University Press, 2014. 224 pgs.] Asian Cha, Issue 28 (June 2015)http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/2088/505/ 

Prizes/ Awards

Anfinson, Aaron. 2016. Glasgow/HKU Early Career Mobility Funds (2016-2017). University Research Committee (URC), The University of Hong Kong.
Anfinson, Aaron. 2016. Louis Cha Postgraduate Research Fellowship (2015-2016). Louis Cha Fund for Chinese Studies and East/West Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong.
Du, Biyu. 2015. Banco Santander Funding for the Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law at Cardiff University. Oct – Dec 2015.
Gresham, Jennifer. 2013. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2013-2017). Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
Luo, Zhengpeng. 2016. Dr. Lo Kwee Seong Education Foundation Travel and Conference Grants 2015-2016. The University of Hong Kong.
Luo, Zhengpeng. 2015. HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship 2015-2016. The University of Hong Kong.
Militello, Jacqueline. 2016. Louis Cha Postgraduate Research Fellowship. The University of Hong Kong. March 2016.
Militello, Jacqueline. 2015. Outstanding Presenter Award. Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow: Postgraduate Perspectives, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. October 2015.
Nogues, Collier. 2015. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2015-2019). Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
Tomfohrde, Carmen. 2013. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2013-2017). Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2016. Visiting Research Student Scholarship. College of Humanities, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK. March - July 2016.
Vandertop, Caitlin. 2012. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2012-2016). Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

Others

Liu, Yang Lucy. Scottish Universities International Summer School, University of Edinburgh, UK. 11 July – 20 August 2016
Nogues, Collier. Writer-in-Residence, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. January – May 2016.

 

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Recently completed theses

The following students have successfully completed postgraduate research degrees in the School of English since 2010:

Brown, David (MPhil) ‘Opaque Rings of Earth: Landscape in Conrad’s Asia and Africa’
Chan Ka Wai (MPhil) ‘Implicit Learning of L2 Word Stress Rules’
Cheng Po Ming, George (MPhil) ‘The Problem of China: British Writings on China in the 1920s’
Chiu Wai Fong (MPhil) ‘Tradition as Inheritance and Departure: Transformation, Survival and the Trickster in Love Medicine, China Men and Illywhacker
Christe, Noël (PhD) ‘Language, culture and reification: linguistic negotiations in international institutions’
Ding Xiaoyu (MPhil) ‘Oscar Wilde and China in Late Nineteenth Century Britain: Aestheticism, Orientalism, and the Making of Modernism’
Ding Yan (PhD) ‘Metaphors of SADNESS: Intraconceptual and Interconceptual Variation’
Dong Yufei (MPhil) ‘Phoneticizing China: The Politics of the Pinyin Reform Movement’
Downes, Sarah (PhD) ‘Reading Jean Rhys: Empire, Modernism and the Politics of the Visual’

Du, Biyu Jade (PhD) ‘The bilingual trial: Access to interpreting, communication and participation in Chinese criminal courts’
Ghelani, Divya (MPhil) ‘The ‘radical’ in the classroom in British school stories from the 1950s to the present day
Gao Yibo (MPhil) ‘Toward the Common Good: G.L. Dickinson and China’
Goh Cheng Fai (MPhil) ‘The Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore

Huang Jianqiao (MPhil) ‘Is the Overt Pronoun Constraint Learnable?’
Hui Yat Sin Cindy (MPhil) ‘The Displaced Person: Re-Placement and Return in Contemporary Representations of Exile’
Jia Qian (MPhil) ‘Envisioning Alternative Interiors: Space and Ecology in Margaret Atwood’s Short Stories and Oryx and Crake’

Jin Jiayi (MPhil) ‘Sentiment, Orientalism and American Women Writers in Republican China’
Jin Xiaotian (PhD) ‘A Generation "Betwixt and Between": Youth, Gender and Modernity in 1920s and 30s Middlebrow Women's Writing’
Kelly, Rita Olivia (PhD) ‘Constructed Meanings and Contesting Voices – the Opium War in Archival, Historical and Fictional Anglophone Narratives’
Lam Ngo Shan Alision (MPhil) ‘Implicit Learning of Tonal Rules in Thai as a Second Language’
Lau Leung Che (MPhil) ‘Passing Three Hurdles: Representations of Henrik Ibsen’s Nora in Twentieth Century Chinese Theatre’
Lee Jason Eng Hun (PhD) ‘‘All is Not Well in the World’: Critical Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-First Century Fiction’
Lim Anne Wing-huen (MPhil) ‘W.E.B. Du Bois and Asia’;
Li Boting (PhD) ‘Leonard Woolf: Towards a Literary Biography’;

Li Sui Sum (MPhil) ‘Rapport Management and Communication at Work: Interacting in Hong Kong Intercultural Workplace Settings’
Liu Yiqi (M.Phil) ‘Gendered Discourses and Rapport Management in Hong Kong Beauty Spas’;
Lo Ying Wa (MPhil) 'Reading Schizophrenia and Female Bodies across Cultures: A Psychoanalytical Approach to Selected Novels by Sylvia Plath, Maxine Hong Kingston and Toni Morrison'

Narayan Niketa Gupte (MPhil) 'Character and community (-building): Ethics and Policing in the Novels of Thackeray, Gaskell, and Collins, 1840-1880'
Ng Sheung Pui (MPhil) ‘Language and Identity: The Case of the Zhuang’
Sorensen, Steven William (MPhil) ‘Imagining the Other: How the US Responds to China’s Rise’
Su Ping (PhD) ‘Word into Image: Cinematic Elements in Caryl Phillips’s Fiction’
Sun Li (PhD) ‘Degree adverbs in Hong Kong and Singapore English: A corpus-based investigation’
Sze Tin Tin (MPhil) ‘Mapping Neverland: A Reading of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan texts as pastoral, myth and romance’

Tang Yuen Man (MPhil) ‘Language and Identity Positioning of Multilingual Southeast Asian Sojourners in Hong Kong’

Tao Kimberly Wei Yi (PhD) ‘Transgender Identity in Law and Society: Finding the Meaning of the Words “Man”, “Woman” and “Transgender”’
Tsang Man Ying (MPhil) ‘A study on the construction of identity in the blogging world among Hong Kong adolescents’
Tse Hoi Lam Karen (MPhil) ‘The Family Saga in Women’s Writing Between the Wars’

Tse Yin Nga, Kelly (MPhil) ‘The Lure of the Global: Gender and Geopolitics in Selected Novels by Transnational Chinese Women Writers’
Vandertop, Caitlin Sophie (PhD) 'Concrete jungles: modernism, colonial culture and the built environment in early twentieth-century literature.
Wang Dongqing (PhD) ‘Negotiating Chinese Modernity: British Imperialism and the Late Qing Reforms’

Wang Xiaoli (MPhil) ‘The Making of the Poetic Image’

Webber, Nicholas Peter (PhD) ‘Uncertain terms: creating, mediating and activating the portmanteau from Carroll to Vladislavić’

Wong Yin Tung (MPhil) ‘(Re)Imgained Communities: The Spectrum of World Literature and the Spectre of National Literature’
Wong Yuk Yin, Bobo (PhD) ‘The Silent Eye: Approaches to Aporia in Modern Literature’
Xia Xiaoyan (PhD) ‘Categorization and L2 Vocabulary Learning - A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective’

Xiong Jiajuan (PhD) ‘Chinese Middle Constructions: Lexical Middle Formation’

Xu Daozhi (PhD) ‘Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Post-Mabo Australian Children’s Literature’
Xu Xi (PhD) ‘British Left-Wing Writers and China: Harold Laski, W.H. Auden and Joseph Needham’
Yang Jing (PhD)
The Construction of the Chinese Woman in 1990s American Cinema
Yeung Sze Man, Simone (MPhil)
The Rule of Metaphor and the Rule of Law: Critical Metaphor Analysis in Judicial Discourse and Reason

Yeung Wai Lung, Matthew (PhD) ‘Access to justice in a bilingual legal system: a case study of unrepresented litigants in Hong Kong’
Zhang Chengping (PhD)Moments of Vision: Thomas Hardy, Literature and Ethics
Zhang Ruihan (MPhil) ‘Rethinking Vygotsky: A Critical Reading of Vygotsky’s Cultural-Historical Theory and Its Appropriation in Contemporary Scholarship’

Zhang Tian (MPhil) ‘The Importance of Being "in Time": An Integrational Linguistic Approach’
Zhang Yanping (MPhil)
"Of Human Bondage": Somerset Maugham in China
Zhou Feifei (PhD) ‘System, order, creativity: Models of the human in twentieth-century linguistic theories’

 

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The following students successfully completed postgraduate research degrees in the School of English in the period 1998-2009:

Au, Florence (MPhil) 'Gender in Textbook Dialogues: Textual Analyses and Classroom Practices'
Barker, Andrew (PhD) 'Creating Art against the Sky-Gods: Gore Vidal's Manifesto and Didacticism'
Bautista, Anna Maria (MPhil) 'Constructions of Motherhood: Hollywood Negotiations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship'
Chan, Flo (M.Phil) 'New Enemies: Women Writers and the First World War'
Chan Wing Chun, Julia
(MPhil, English Literature, P. Smethurst)
Chanda, Geetanjali (PhD) 'Indian Women in the House of Fiction: Place, Gender and Identity in Post-independence Indo-English Novels by Women'
Chen, Katherine H. Y. (MPhil) 'Norms of Pronunciation and the Sociolinguistics of Cantonese in Hong Kong'
Cheung, Karen C. L. (MPhil) 'Dialogue, the Dandy and the Divided Self: Individualism in Selected Works of Oscar Wilde'
Cheung, Marjorie (MPhil) 'A Stylistic Approach to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings'
Chin, Grace Voon Sheong (PhD) 'Expressions of Self/Censorship: Ambivalence and Difference in Chinese Women's Prose Writings from Malaysia and Singapore'
Chiu Man Yin (PhD) 'Written Orders: Authority and Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives'
Chung, Helena M. H. (MPhil) 'The Road to Paradise: Toni Morrison's Journey from Embracing the Past to Transcending it'
Chung, Holly H. Y. (MPhil)'Language and Gender: Representations in the reality TV show The Survivor'
Fang Hong (PhD) 'The Ethnic Trickster in Maxine Hong Kingston's Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book'
Fong, Wendy W. N. (MPhil) 'Reader Response and the Dynamics of Plot'
Fotouhi, Sanaz (MPhil) '"That Other World That Was the World": A Study of the Short Fiction of Katherine Mansfield and Nadine Gordimer'
Gould, Gaye (PhD) 'Constructing Lyrical Heroes: Verdian Tenors and their Literary Sources'
Ho, Julie Elaine (MPhil) 'Half of Life: Male Voices in the Novels of Carol Shields'
Ho Lai Ming, Tammy (MPhil) 'Reading Aloud and Charles Dickens's Style'
Huang Lihua Rachel (PhD, Twentieth Century Literature, O. Heim)
Hung, Ruth Y. Y.
(MPhil) '"To Be Worthy of the Suffering and Survival": Chinese Memoirs and the Politics of Writing'
Ingham, Mike A. (PhD) 'Theatre of Storytelling: The Prose Stage Fiction Adaptation as Social Allegory in Contemporary British Drama'
Ip, Chief Inspector P. F. (MPhil) 'The Sociolinguistics of Triad Language in Hong Kong'
Kwan Wing Ki, Koren (MPhil) 'Experiments in Subjectivity: A study of postmodern science fiction'
Lau Hor Ying Esther (MPhil) 'The Migrant Experience, Identity Politics, and Representation in Postcolonial London: Zadie Smith, Hanif Koureishi and Monica Ali'
Lee Jun Yu Phoebe (MPhil) 'Balcony Romance: Stage Distance and Closure'
Lee Keon Woong (MPhil) 'Sacrificial Cain in the Modern Workplace'
Lee, Reese W. S. (MPhil) 'Heimat in the Cinema of Wim Wenders'
Lee, Veronica Hoi Ling (MPhil) 'Trespassing and Redefining Boundaries: Edith Wharton's mobilization of her characters against prejudice and reproduction'
Lee, Vicky (PhD) 'Hong Kong Eurasian Memoirs: Identity and Voices'
Li, Iris (MPhil) 'Perception in Debates: An Investigation of "Women's Language" and Speech Rates in Hong Kong'
Li Zhaohui (MPhil) '"Dark, Inscrutable Workmanship": Contradiction and Reconciliation in Wordsworth's Representation of Nature'
Liu Wensong (PhD) 'Saul Bellow's Fiction: Power Relations and Female Representation'
Lok Mai Chi, Ian (PhD) 'Cultural Understanding in English Studies: An Exploration
of Postcolonial and World Englishes Perspectives'
Lui, Gigi C. C. (MPhil) 'Language and Law: a Critical-Semantic Approach to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR'
Ma, Marina (MPhil) 'The Plural Subject in The Woman Warrior, "Pangs of Love" and "Phoenix Eyes"'
Mak Chun Nam Bernie (MPhil) 'Language and Communication: A Sociolinguistic Study
of Newcomers' Socialization into the Workplace'
Mak, Elaine Ngah Lam (MPhil) 'Eugenics in Dystopian Novels'
Mathai, Kavita (MPhil) 'A Question of Identity: A Study of Three Indian Novels in English of the Nineteen-Eighties'
Mok, Cynthia K. L. (MPhil) 'The Sociolinguistics of Written Chinese in Local Comic-book Subculture: Stigmatised Language Varieties in Hong Kong'
Mok Siu Kit Eric (MPhil) 'The Ends of History: The novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, Timothy Mo and Graham Swift'
Nightingale, Nicola (PhD) 'A Man for All Reasons: Colonialism and the Cult of Masculine Reticence in Kipling's Writing'
Ng Hau Man (PhD) 'The Non-Humanist Humanist: Edward W. Said'
Ng Yiu Tsan Simon
(MPhil, Comparative Literature, P.K. Richards)
Pak Chiu Shuen Tom (MPhil) 'Stephen King's Popular Gothic: Gothic metafiction, ideology, scatology and (re)construction of community'
Poon, Scarlet (MPhil) 'Colonialism and English Education at The University of Hong Kong, 1913-1964'
Rambukwella, Harshana (PhD) 'The Search for Nation: Exploring Sinhala nationalism and its others in Sri Lankan Anglophone and Sinhala-language writing'
Rojas, Yuko K. (PhD) 'Space and Female Consciousness in Virginia Woolf's Fiction: Idealist and Phenomenological Perspectives'
Rose, Caroline (MPhil) 'Closure and the Short Story: with readings of texts by Elizabeth Gaskell and Angela Carter'
Siu, Anthony C. H. (MPhil) 'Gender(ed) Fables of Maya Deren'
Sung Chit Cheung Matthew (MPhil, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Language and Gender, A. Kang)
Tan Siew Imm
(PhD) 'Languages in Contact: A corpus-based study of Malaysian newspaper English'
Tay, Eddie (PhD) 'Not at Home: Postcolonial Anglophone literatures of Singapore and Malaysia'
Wang Jianping (PhD) 'Commemorative Re-Enactment: A Study of John Barth's Middle and Late Fiction'
Wei, Sandy T. S. (MPhil) 'Law and Language: Problems of Meaning and Interpretation in the Hong Kong Courts'
White, Patricia So Fong (MPhil) 'The Unmaking of Heroes: A study of masculinity in contemporary fiction'
Wong, Grace (MPhil) 'Conceptualizing Transnationalism and Transculturalism in Chinese American Women Narratives and Memoirs: Jade Snow Wong, Ruthanne Lum McCunn, and Amy Tan'
Wong Ho Yin (MPhil) 'Representations of "Hong Kong" in Hong Kong Poetry in English'
Wong, Lorraine (MPhil) 'Cultural Fever, Consumer Society and Pre-Orientalism: China in Eighteenth-Century England'
Wong Tee Vee, Vivian (MPhil) 'Between Self and Subjectivity: Women in Three Novels by Jean Rhys'
Yang Hao-han Helen (PhD) '"A Lady Wanted": Victorian governesses abroad'
Yeung, Kawaii K. W. (MPhil) 'The Universality of the Functional Category "Complementizer": Two Case Studies in Grammaticalization and Multifunctionality'
Yuen, Zoe (MPhil) 'Yiddish, Quasi-Yiddish and Ideologies of American English'
Zhou Jingqiong (PhD) 'Black Humor in the Short Fiction of Raymond Carver'

 

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