Department of English

Associate Professor Hsu Ming Teo

Position: Associate Professor in English
Office: W6A 629
Phone: 61-2-9850 7018
Fax: 61-2-9850 6593


BA Hons (Sydney) PhD (Sydney)


Hsu-Ming is a novelist and cultural historian whose interdisciplinary research engages with history and fiction. Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and the inaugural Tasmania Pacific Region Prize. It has been translated into Chinese, Thai, German and Italian. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel.

Her academic research has focused on travel literature, Orientalism and imperialism; gender, genre literature and popular culture. She specialises in analysing representations of historical phenomena in fiction and popular culture, and considering how readers/audiences engage with historical novels, particularly romance novels.  Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012) and Cultural History in Australia (2003), as well as a wide range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, romance fiction, and popular culture.

Current research projects include:

  1. Editing The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia
  2. Editing the Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction
  3. Writing a monograph on history and the romance novel

Hsu-Ming is an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies, and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. Judging activities: Hsu-Ming served on the advisory panel of the Man Asian Literary Prize from 2007 to 2012 and judged the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. She judged the NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2007, and the NSW Premier's History Prize in 2013 and 2017.

Selected publications


  • Behind the Moon (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2005)
  • Love and Vertigo (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2000)
  • 'Road Tales of the Sultan of Pahang', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 12:2 (2012)
  • 'Here and There and Over the Sea to Sky', Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, ed. Kent Carter and Ali Lemer (Melbourne: Affirm Press, 2013), pp. 261-270
  •  'Fables of a Fractured City', Asia Literary Review, No. 19, Spring 2011, 159-167
  • 'Hot Chilli Mama', in Helen Addison-Smith and George Papaellinas, eds, Mumma's Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from My Mother's Kitchen, ABC Books, Melbourne, 2005
  • 'Ophelia 2000', ELLE, January 2000 


  • Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012)
  • Cultural History in Australia, ed. Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2003)

Book Chapters

  •  'Imperial Affairs: Colonialism, race and the early twentieth-century romance novel', New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reproduction, ed. Ken Gelder (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp.87-110.
  •  'The Romance Novel', Gender: Love. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Edited by Jennifer C. Nash. (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2017), pp.255-270.
  •  'Orientalism, freedom, and feminism in popular romance culture', Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? Ed. William Gleason and Eric Selinger (London: Asghate, 2016), pp.181-203.
  •  'The difficult of becoming a civilized human: Orientalism, gender and sociability in Montesquieu's Persian Letters', Representing Humanity in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Alex Cook, Ned Curthoys and Shino Konishi (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013), pp. 135-148.
  • 'Britishness and Australian Popular Fiction: From the Mid-nineteenth to the Mid-twentieth Centuries', Sold by the Millions: Australia's Bestsellers, ed. Toni Johnson-Woods and Amit Sarwal (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 46-66.
  • 'Gender and Romantic Love in Australian Love Letters', The Psychology of Love, Vol. 3, Meaning and culture, ed. Michele Paludi (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012), pp. 57-73.
  • '"Bertrice teaches you about history, and you don't even mind!" History and revisionist historiography in Bertrice Small's The Kadin', New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction, ed. Eric M. Selinger and Sarah S.G. Frantz, (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2012), pp.21-32.
  • 'Eroticising the Orient: A survey of European literary representations of ethnosexual encounters between Europe and the Middle East', Rethinking the Racial Moment: Essays on the Colonial Encounter, ed. Barbara Brookes and Alison Holland (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), pp.21-47.
  • 'Gypsy in the Sun: The Transnational Life of Rosita Forbes', in Transnational Lives: Biographies of Global Modernity, 1700-present, ed. Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 273-285.
  • Richard White and Hsu-Ming Teo, 'Popular Culture', Australia's Empire, ed. Deryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward, The Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 336-362.
  • 'Orientalism and mass-market romance novels in the twentieth century', Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual, ed. Debjani Ganguly and Ned Curthoys. (Melbourne: MUP press, 2007), pp. 241-262.
  • 'Alien Asian in the Australian Nation', Visibly Different: Face, Place and Race in Australia, ed. Maureen Perkins (New York: Peter Lang, 2007).
  • 'The Americanisation of Romantic Love in Australia', Connected Worlds: History in Transnational Perspective, ed. Ann Curthoys and Marilyn Lake (Canberra: ANU E-Press, 2006), pp. 171-192.
  • 'Orientalism', the Palgrave-Macmillan Companion to Women's Historical Writing, ed. Barbara Caine, Ann Curthoys, and Mary Spongberg (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005), pp. 389-398.
  • 'Travel', the Palgrave-Macmillan Companion to Women's Historical Writing, ed. Barbara Caine, Ann Curthoys, and Mary Spongberg (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005), pp. 551-559.
  • 'The Britishness of Australian Popular Fiction', Exploring the British World, ed. Kate Darian-Smith, Patricia Grimshaw, Kiera Lindsey & Stuart Macintyre (Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2004), pp.721-747.
  • 'Introduction' to Cultural History in Australia, ed. Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2003), pp. 1-19.
  • 'Multiculturalism and the Problem of Multi-Cultural Histories: An Overview of Ethnic Historiography', in Cultural History in Australia, ed. Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2003), pp. 142-155.
  • 'The Romance of White Nations: Imperialism, Popular Culture and National Histories', After the Imperial Turn, ed. Antoinette Burton (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003), pp. 279-292.
  • 'Femininity, Modernity and Colonial Discourse', In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire, ed. Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston (New York: Peter Lang, 2002), pp.173-190.
  • 'Wandering in the Wake of Empire: British Travel and Tourism in the Post-Imperial World', British Culture and the End of Empire, ed. Stuart Ward, Studies in Imperialism series, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001), pp. 163-189.
  • 'Clean Spaces, Dirty Bodies: The Middle Eastern Desert in British Women's Travel Writing, 1890-1914', Dealing With Difference: Essays in Gender, Culture and History, ed. in P. Grimshaw and D. Kirkby (Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 1997), pp. 23-33.

Refereed journal articles

  • 'History, the Holocaust and Children's Historical Fiction', TEXT, special issue no. 28, April 2015:
  •  '"We have to learn to love imperially": Love in Late Colonial and Federation Australian Romance Novels', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 4:2 (2014),
  • 'American Popular Culture through the lens of Saidian and Post-Saidian Orientalist critiques' Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10:1 (2014),
  • 'Orientalism: An Overview', Australian Humanities Review, Issue 54, May 2013, 2 citations
  • 'Historical Fictions and Fictions of History', Rethinking History,15:2 (2011), 297-313. Over 700 article views. Top 10 most downloaded paper in 2012 and 2013.
  • 'Popular History and the Chinese Martial Arts Biopic', History Australia, 8:1 (2011), 42-66. 2 citations
  • 'Historicizing The Sheik: Comparisons of the British novel and the American film', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 1:1 (2010): 6 citations
  • 'Phantom Limbs and Cultural Ventriloquism: Communication Cultural Difference as a Novelist', Journal of Australian Studies, 32:4 (2008), pp.521- 529. 1 citation
  • 'Love Writes: Gender and Romantic Love in Australian Love Letters, 1860-1960', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, no. 48, November 2005, pp. 343-361. 12 citations
  • 'Amputations of the Self', Life Writing, vol. 2, no. 1, 2005, pp. 129-139. 2 citations
  • 'Romancing the Raj: Interracial Relations in Anglo-Indian Romance Novels', History of Intellectual Culture, vol.4, no.1, October 2004, 14 citations
  • 'Future Fusions and a Taste for the Past: Literature, History and the Imagination of Australianness', Australian Historical Studies Special Issue, No. 118, 2002, pp. 127-139. 5 citations.
  • 'Women's Travel, Dance, and British Metropolitan Anxieties, 1890-1939', Gender and History, vol. 12, no. 2, July 2000, pp. 366-400. 6 citations
  • 'Constructions of Gender and Racial Identities in Interwar Women's Travel Writing', Limina, vol.5, 1999, pp. 124-137. 4 citations
  • 'The Continuum of Sexual Violence in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949', Women's History Review, vol.5, no.2, 1996, pp. 191-218. Reprinted in Fiona Montgomery, ed., European Women's History: A Reader, Routledge, London, 2001. 12 citations
  • '"Space ... the Final Frontier": American nationalism and mid-twentieth visions of the future', Australasian Journal of American Studies, vol.13, no.1, 1994, pp. 27-44.


  • ENGL 120 Approaches to English Literature
  • ENGL 121 Creative Writing 1: An Introduction
  • ENGL 233 Creative Writing 2: Concept and Practice
  • ENGL 307 Creative Writing 3: Narrative Fiction
  • ENGL 713 Creative Writing Seminar II
  • ENGL 714 Writing Creative Non-Fiction: An Introduction