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Shaoling Ma

Shaoling Ma

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies

112 W. Foster Ave. Suite 202, Room E
Office Phone: (814) 865-7651


  1. Ph.D., University of Southern California, May 2012
  2. MA, National University of Singapore MA, June 2007
  3. BA, National University of Singapore, 2004


Shaoling Ma’s research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century to contemporary Sinophone literature and culture, problems of East-West comparisons, and literary and critical theory in particular deconstruction, Marxism, and philosophies of media and technology. She has published in Angelaki, Theory and Event, and Science Fiction Studies. Her current book manuscript, Feeling Machines: Technology, Affect, and the Question of Instrumentality in Chinese Fiction, 1890-1914, explores how turn-of-the-century technological changes prompted a minor aesthetics of technological thinking that exceeds the framework of national sentimentality. 



  • Sinophone literature and culture
  • Marxism
  • Science Fiction