Department of English @ Hong Kong Baptist University

Autumn 2015


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Monday 21 September 2015
Fictionalization of Shostakovich: Verbal Music in William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central

Ivan_DelazariIvan Delazari is a PhD Fellow at the Department of English Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist University working on musico-literary dimensions of contemporary American fiction. His current interdisciplinary research brings him to close cooperation with the HKBU’s Department of Music, too. After completing his earlier dissertation on Axiological Patterns in William Faulkner’s Fictional World (2003) at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, he took up a full-scale teaching career at the same university and taught European and American Literature there for ten years. His research interests have gradually shifted from Literary History and Cultural Studies to Comparative Literature and Intermediality. His publications include, most recently, “In Phantom Pain: The 1991 Russian Film Adaptation of William Faulkner’s ‘The Leg’” (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), “Duplicity Considered as One of the Exact Sciences: Music Analogies in Poe, Baudelaire and Dostoevsky” (St. Petersburg State University Press, 2014), and “Suspension of Belief: Don DeLillo’s 9/11” (Peter Lang, 2013). He is a member of the International Association for Word and Music Studies, European Association for American Studies, and the Russian Society for American Cultural Studies.


Monday 19 October 2015
Surveilling Citizens:
Claudia Rankine, from the First to the Second Person

jeff clappJeffrey Clapp is Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. His work has been published in Post45, Textual Practice, and Partial Answers, and he is the coeditor of the collection Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2016).


Monday 26 October 2015
Dialogues and Constellation Reading

Heidi HuangHuang Yu (Heidi) teaches comparative literature in the Department of English at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research interests include East-West literary thoughts, comparative literature and world literature, Chinese literature and culture in global contexts, as well as hermeneutics and translation. Her current research project applies a constellation paradigm to explore the multidimensional dialogues between Hong Kong literature and world literature. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Modern Language Quarterly, Neohelicon, Literature Compass, and Critical Arts. She has also translated for Recherche Littéraire / Literary Research and The International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2015.


Monday 16 November 2015
Disturbing the Universe: Queer Temporalities and the Queer Child

HoldenHolden Liang Qichao is currently pursuing a PhD in Literary Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, focusing on how literary works engage various temporal structures in their rendering of subjectivities. His research interests include time and temporality, narratology, science fiction, and coming-of-age literature.