Academic Profile

Samuel Beckett led me to the exploration of embodied lives in absolute systems that persistently fail to account for lived experiences. After the publication of Beckett’s Intuitive Spectator: Me to Play (2018) where I examined how the artist’s dramatisation of loss appeal more to the audience’s intuition than the intellect, I turn to a more in-depth consideration of loss in absurdist literature which I observe had anticipated the impact of medical and technological systems on our lives today. My literary research intersects with my medical humanities interest in narratives of loss in healthcare settings: the loss of physical control, the witnessing of loss, and the experience of dying. These interdisciplinary projects contribute to my central work The Posthuman in Literature, Medicine and Technology, which seeks to understand what it means to be human in the time of posthumanism.

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Asst Prof Chiang Hui Ling Michelle
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Literature and Theatre of the A​bsurd
Literature and Medicine
Literature and Technology
Beckett Studies
  • Me to Play: Intuition and the Storyworld of Samuel Beckett
  • Michelle Chiang. (2019). “The Absurdity of Being Terminally Ill or ‘What can we learn from stories of the dying?’”. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 19(2), 72-83.

  • Michelle Chiang. (2018). Samuel Beckett’s Intuitive Spectator: Me to Play. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Michelle Chiang. (2017). “The Crime of ‘Making Real’ in All That Fall”. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui, 29(1), 211-22.

  • Michelle Chiang. (2015). "Time made flesh: Samuel Beckett's dual depiction of Time". The Review of Contemporary Fiction, XXXIV(1), 195-213.