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 work on authors such as James Joyce, John Banville, Wallace Stevens, Graham Swift, J.M. Coetzee and Ian McEwan, and directors such as Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr, Carlos Reygadas and Terence Davies. I am the author of "Wallace Stevens and Martin Heidegger: Poetry as Appropriative Proximity" (Palgrave, 2022) as well as the editor of "Wallace Stevens in Theory" (Liverpool University Press, 2023). I am currently working on a monograph on the fiction of Barbara Kingsolver, and a third book on Stevens and the contemporary Irish novel. .
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.
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