Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Tan Xing Long, Ian
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education - English Language & Literature
I graduated with a First Class Honours in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, and received my PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick in 2021 under NIE's Overseas Graduate Scholarship. Prior to this, I taught English Literature at several secondary schools and junior colleges in Singapore. My teaching and research interests centre on modern and contemporary literature, literary theory, 20th Century continental philosophy, and film studies.

I have published essays on writers such as Don DeLillo, James Joyce, John Banville, Wallace Stevens, Graham Swift, J.M. Coetzee and Ian McEwan, philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, Georges Bataille, and Emmanuel Levinas, and directors such as Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Carlos Reygadas and Terence Davies. My work has been published in venues such as English Literary History, Narrative, Poetics Today, Style, Textual Practice, and Modern Fiction Studies.

I am the author of 3 books of literary criticism - "Wallace Stevens and Martin Heidegger: Poetry as Appropriative Proximity" (Palgrave, 2022), "Wallace Stevens and the Contemporary Irish Novel: Order, Form, and Creative Un-Doing" (Routledge, 2023) and "Understanding Barbara Kingsolver" (University of South Carolina Press, 2024). I am also the editor of "Wallace Stevens in Theory" (Liverpool University Press, 2023). As of 2023, I am Associate Editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal. I am currently writing a fourth book on the Irish novelist and short story writer Mike McCormack.
My research interests include literary theory (with a focus on poststructuralist thought, psychoanalysis and hermeneutics), the poetics of Wallace Stevens, literature and philosophy, contemporary fiction (with an emphasis on Ian McEwan, John Banville and Colum McCann) and recent European film.
  • A study of ecocritical and feminist themes in the work of Barbara Kingsolver
2016 Inspiring Teacher of English Award The Straits Times and the Speak Good English Movement Singapore
Courses Taught
MEL 901 Language and Literature Education
MEL 926 Young Adult Literature in the Classroom
AAR43K Understanding Critical Theory
MEL923 Literary Theory and Teaching
AAR23J Modernism and Postmodernism