Professor Douglas Kerr

Dean, Faculty of Arts

Tel: (852) 3917 7938
E-mail: kerrdw@hku.hk
Office: Room 840, 8/F, Run Run Shaw Tower (Building B, Arts), Centennial Campus

HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp01163

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Profile

Douglas Kerr has an MA from Cambridge University and PhD (Comparative Literature) from the University of Warwick, and has worked in Hong Kong since 1979. He is a former Head of the English Department and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Education and Research) of the Arts Faculty. He has taught extensively, from Malory to Mo, but with a concentration on nineteenth and twentieth century literature in English. His research interests in literary history include the literature of colonialism in Asia, the literature of war and of travel, and the history of literary modernism, and RGC-funded projects on Arthur Conan Doyle (completed) and on Joseph Conrad. For a list of publications, see the link below. He supervises research students for the M.Phil and Ph.D degrees, working on topics such as: Kipling and journalism; Hong Kong Eurasian memoirs; eugenics and fictional dystopias; postcolonial short fiction; 19thc governess narratives; Thomas Hardy and ethics; the writings of Leonard Woolf; British leftist writers in China; school stories; Peter Pan; Mapping modernism; George Orwell.

With apologies, Professor Kerr is not able to take on any new postgraduate students.

Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award, 2002

Research Output Prize 2009

MAJOR GRANTS AWARDED

RGC CERG award 2007-2009, “Conan Doyle and Modernity”, HK$201,300.
RGC GRF award 2010-2012, “Conrad and Invention”, HK$409,920.
RGC GRF award 2014-2015, “Orwell and Asia”, HK$426,920.

Courses taught in 2013-14:

ENGL2010 English novel 1
ENGL2128 Modernism
ENGL1037 Persuasion

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Media

Presenter of The Big Idea, RTHK Radio 3

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Publications

Books

Wilfred Owen's Voices: Language and Community (Oxford: Oxford University Press (Clarendon Press), 1993) 346 pp

George Orwell
Writers and their Work series (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2003) 112 pp.

Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008) 258 pp

Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 273 pp


Edited volumes

Kanglade jingpin xuan [Conrad's Major Tales], selected and ed. Zhu Jiong-Qiang and Douglas Kerr (Shangdong, PRC: Shangdong Arts Publishing, 1999), 465 pp

Cross-Cultural Communications: Literature, Language, Ideas,
Special Issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 9 nos 1 and 2 (1999), eds. Tong Qingsheng and Douglas Kerr, 163 pp

Critical Zone 1: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Q. S. Tong, Wang Shouren and Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong and Nanjing: HKU Press and Nanjing University Press, 2004) 233 pp

Critical Zone 2: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Q. S. Tong, Wang Shouren and Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong and Nanjing: HKU Press and Nanjing University Press, 2006) 307 pp

A Century of Travels in China: Critical Essays on Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s, eds. Douglas Kerr and Julia Kuehn (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007) 232 pp

Critical Zone 3: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Douglas Kerr, Q.S. Tong and Wang Shouren (Hong Kong and Nanijing: HKU Press and Nanijing University Press, 2008) 236 pp


Articles

'Wilfred Owen and the Social Question', English Literature in Transition 34 no 2 (1991) 182-95

'David Henry Hwang and the Revenge of Madam Butterfly', The Quill: Asian Writers' League Journal 3 no 1 (July 1991) 13-25 [reprint]. Also reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism vol. 196 (Detroit: Gale Research, 2005) 168-74

'The Disciplines of the Wars: Army Training and the Language of Wilfred Owen', Modern Language Review 87 no 2 (April 1992) 286-299

'Brothers in Arms: Family Language in Wilfred Owen', Review of English Studies (New Series) 43 no 172 (1992) 518-34

'"Strange Meeting" Again', Connotations 3 no 2 (1993-4) 173-85

'Orientations: James Fenton and Indochina', Contemporary Literature 35 no 3 (Fall 1994) 476-91

'Crowds, Colonialism, and Conrad's Lord Jim', The Conradian 18 no 2 (Autumn 1994) 49-64

'Disorientations: Auden and Isherwood's China', Literature and History (third series) 5 no 2 (Autumn 1996) 53-67

'Colonial Habitats: Orwell and Woolf in the Jungle', English Studies 78 no 2 (March 1997) 149-61

[reprinted in A View of our Own: Ethnocentric Perspectives in Literature (Kuala Lumpur: Fakulti Pengajian Bahasa, UKM, 1996) 234-47]

'Stories of the East: Leonard Woolf and the Genres of Colonial Discourse', English Literature in Transition 41 no 3 (1998) 261-78

'Conrad and "The Three Ages of Man"', The Conradian 23 no 2 (Autumn 1998) 27-44

'Orwell, Animals and the East', Essays in Criticism 49 no 3 (July1999) 234-55

'A Passage to Kowloon Tong: Paul Theroux and Hong Kong 1997', Journal of Commonwealth Literature 34 no 2 (1999) 75-84

'Significant Others: Identity and Difference in Cross-Cultural Communication', [with Q. S. Tong], Cross-Cultural Communications: Literature, Language, Ideas, Special issue of Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 9 nos. 1 and 2 (1999), eds. Q. S. Tong and Douglas Kerr, 1-11

'Three Ways of Going Wrong: Kipling, Conrad, Coetzee', Modern Language Review 95:1 (January 2000) 1-10

'Yingguo xiaoshuo yu fanzui xianchang [British Fiction at the Scene of the Crime]', trans. Wang Lixing, Waiguo Wenxue [Foreign Literature] 2000 no. 2 (March 2000) 65-71

'Timothy Mo's Man Sundae and other overseas workers', Journal of Commonwealth Literature 36 no 2 (2001) 15-28

'History and Theirstories: a review of some recent Australian and Asian fiction' [Review essay on contemporary fiction] Westerly 46 (2001) 190-203.

'Orwell's BBC Broadcasts: Colonial Discourse and the Rhetoric of Propaganda', Textual Practice 16 no 3 (Winter 2002) 473-490

'Joseph Conrad's Magic Circles', Essays in Criticism 53 no. 4 (October 2003) 345-65

'Not knowing the Oriental: ignorance and power in the colonial East', New Zealand Journal of Oriental Studies 5:2 (December 2003) 33-46

'Orwell, India and the BBC', Literature and History third series, 13:1 (Spring 2004) 43-57

'The Quiet American and the Novel', Studies in the Novel, 38:1 (Spring 2006) 95-107

'You shixue dao xiucixue zaizhouhuilai: wenxue yu huayu' ('Poetics to Rhetoric and back: literature and discourse'), Waiguo Wenxue [Foreign Literature] 2006 no. 4 (July 2006) 28-32

'The Quiet American and the Novel', Studies in the Novel, 38:1 (Spring 2006) 95-107

"Stealing Victory?: The Strange Case of Conrad and Buchan", Conradiana 40:1 (Spring 2008), 147-63

'Chinese Boxes: Conrad's Typhoon and the History of the Chinese', Clio 39:1 (2009) 1-24

'The Straight Left: Sport and the Nation in Arthur Conan Doyle', Victorian Literature and Culture 38:1 (March 2010) 187-206

“Arthur Conan Doyle and the Consumption Cure”, Literature and History third series 19:2 (2010) 36-51

‘Joseph Conrad’s Last Essays, Youth, Heart of Darkness & The End of the Tether, and Suspense’ (review essay), Editionen in der Kritik 5 (2012) 55-63

 

Chapters in books

'Literature and Language', English Language/Literature (Hong Kong: SSETA, 1988) 26-37

'David Henry Hwang and the Revenge of Madam Butterfly', Asian Voices in English, ed. Mimi Chan and Roy Harris (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1991) 119-130

'Teaching the Orient', in Teaching English as a Second Language: The Role of Literature, ed. Jenny Yuen (Macau: University of Macau, 1992) 58-70

'Wilfred Owen: The Poet in his Time', Companion to Literature, ed. Sandra Adams (Macau: University of Macau, 1996) 140-8

'Introduction' to Edmund Blunden, A Hong Kong House: Poems 1951-1961 (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2001) 99-106

'A Passage to Kowloon Tong: Paul Theroux and Hong Kong 1997', Sharing a Commonwealth ed. C. S. Lim and others (Kuala Lumpur: ACLALS and University of Malaya, 2001) 204-18 [reprint]

'Journey to a War: "a test for men from Europe"', in W. H. Auden: A Legacy ed. David Garrett Izzo, (West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press and South Carolina UP, 2002) 275-96

'Introduction: Difference and Convergence in Globalization', [with Q. S. Tong] Critical Zone 1: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Q. S. Tong, Wang Shouren and Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong and Nanjing: HKU Press and Nanjing University Press, 2004) 1-17

'Afterword' to Martin Alexander, Clearing Ground (Hong Kong: Chameleon Press, 2004) 105-10

Notes to Rudyard Kipling, Kim, Introduction by Pankaj Mishra, Random House Modern Library (New York: Random House, 2004) 289-306

'Introduction', [with Q. S. Tong and Wang Shouren] Critical Zone 2: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Q. S. Tong, Wang Shouren and Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong and Nanjing: HKU Press and Nanjing University Press, 2006) 1-8

'Introduction' (with Julia Kuehn), A Century of Travels in China: Critical Essays on Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s, eds. Douglas Kerr and Julia Kuehn (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007) 1-12

'Agnes Smedley: The Fellow-Traveler's Tales', A Century of Travels in China: Critical Essays on Travel Writing from the 1840s to the 1940s, eds. Douglas Kerr and Julia Kuehn (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007) 163-76

'Ruins in the Jungle: Nature and Narrative', Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan and Southeast Asia, eds. Steve Clark and Paul Smethurst (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008) 131-40

‘Introduction’, [with Q. S. Tong and Wang Shouren] Critical Zone 3: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Douglas Kerr, Q. S. Tong and Wang Shouren (Hong Kong and Nanjing: Hong Kong University Press and Nanjing University Press, 2008) 1-11

‘Locating Louise Ho: The Place of English Poetry in Hong Kong’, Critical Zone 3: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge, eds. Douglas Kerr, Q. S. Tong and Wang Shouren (Hong Kong and Nanjing: Hong Kong University Press and Nanjing University Press, 2008) 15-36

“Afterword”, Incense Tree: Collected Poems of Louise Ho (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009) 155-62

“‘A Fraud called John Buchan’: Buchan, Joseph Conrad and Literary Theft”, Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps, ed. Kate Macdonald (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009) 141-52

“Louise Ho and the Local Turn: The Place of English Poetry in Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image, ed. Kam Louie (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010) 75-96.

‘John Buchan, Myth and Modernism’, John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity, ed. Kate Macdonald and Nathan Waddell (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013) 141-54


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