Department of English

HO Hung Lam Elizabeth

Associate Professor


B.A. (Smith College), M.A. (University of Vermont), PhD (Rutgers University)
Office: Ho Sin Hang Building HSH329
Tel.: (852) 2616 7801




Liz Ho earned a B.A. in English from Smith College and an M.A. in English from the University of Vermont. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004.  She has taught previously at Texas A&M University and Ursinus College.

Liz teaches courses in contemporary global literatures in English; postcolonial fiction and theory; and visual literatures such as manga and the graphic novel. She approaches literature through a range of critical positions: psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, race and gender studies, to name a few. Her teaching methods encourage students to put literary texts in conversation with their historical and cultural contexts; through attention to reading and writing, students will also develop careful close-reading and analytical skills. 

Liz specializes in neo-Victorian studies: her recent monograph, Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire (Continuum, 2012), focuses on the politics of memory in contemporary postcolonial texts that “remember” the nineteenth century. She serves as Consultant Editor of the online journal, Neo-Victorian Studies.  Currently, she is working on a new book project, tentatively titled Map-able: The Politics of Postcolonial Space, focusing on the interdisciplinary relationship between literary studies and critical geography. This new book features chapters on China Mieville’s The City & The City; Dylan Horrocks’s graphic novel, Hicksville, and the “street calligraphy” of Tsang Tsou Choi, the “King of Kowloon.”


Courses Taught

ENG 204/ENG 3204 Contemporary Literature in English I: Prose Fiction

ENG 3264 Asian Voices in English (Fiction & Film)

ENG 304/ENG 3304 The Graphic Novel

ENG 3379 Introduction to Children's Literature in English

Selected Publications

 “Adapt Re-use: Hong Kong’s neo-Victorian spaces,” Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics, eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Leiden & Boston: Brill (Feb 2015). Refereed.

“The Neo-Victorian-At-Sea: Towards a Global Memory of the Victorian,” Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations, eds. Nadine Boehm and Susanne Gruss, London & New York: Routledge (May 2014). Refereed.

"Victorian maids and neo-Victorian labour in Kaoru Mori's Emma: A Victorian Romance," Neo-Victorian Studies 6(2), Special Issue: Neo-Victorianism and Feminism: New Approaches. 2013. Refereed.

Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire
. London & NY: Continuum, 2012.

"I think it's really about us:" Review of Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Wayne Wang's film adaptation. Neo-Victorian Studies, 4(2), 2011: 191-202.

“From having it all to away from it all:”  Post-feminism in Posy Simmonds’s graphic novel, Tamara Drewe. College Literature, 38 (2), 2011: 45 – 65.

Thatcher & After: Margaret Thatcher and her afterlife in contemporary culture. Co-edited with Louisa Hadley. Basingstoke, UK:Palgrave, 2010.

 “Postimperial landscapes: Psychogeography and Englishness in Alan Moore’s graphic novel From Hell.”   Cultural Critique, 63, 2006: 99 – 121.

“Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs and the trauma of convictism.” Antipodes: A North American Journal for Australian Literature, December, 17 (2), 2003: 124 – 132.