University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore
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Lo Mun Hou is an associate professor in the University Scholars Programme (USP). His degrees are in English and American Literature, receiving his BA from Princeton University and his MA/PhD from Harvard University.
At the USP, A/P Lo teaches classes in Writing and Critical Thinking (on "Sites of Tourism" and "Clothing Identities") and Literary Studies ("The Subject of Reading"), as well as an advanced module titled "The Problematic Concept of 'Gender.'" He has also supervised numerous and diverse Independent Studies Modules (ISMs), for students from six different NUS departments, from English to History, Japanese Studies to Philosophy, Political Science to Sociology. He has won several teaching awards at both the faculty and university levels, and in 2012 was recognized with an NUS Outstanding Educator Award. He is also a fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy.
A/P Lo’s research centers on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and American literature, on writers like Joseph Conrad, Theodore Dreiser, W. E. B. Du Bois, E. M. Forster, Jack London, and Edith Wharton; he is in particular interested in how these writers’ recurrent dissatisfactions with the power of sympathy transformed both literary genres as well as our notions of identity and identification. A/P Lo’s research interests also lie in gender, sexuality, and race; literary and cultural theory; colonial and postcolonial fictions; and popular culture and film. His essays and reviews have appeared in GLQ, Modern Fiction Studies, Sojourn: A Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, and in anthologies such as Motherhood Misconceived: Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films. One such article on film—"Backs Unbroken: Ang Lee, Forbearance, and the Closet"—won the 2011 MLA Crompton-Noll Award, an international prize that honors the year's best essay in lesbian, gay, queer studies.