1994 …2023

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Hsu-Ming Teo teaches creative writing and literature in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language, and Literature at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012), and the edited books The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction (2020), The Popular Culture of Romantic Love in Australia (ASP 2017), and Cultural History in Australia (UNSW 2003). She has published a range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, fiction, and popular culture. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies.

Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for several other awards. 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.

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. She judged The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award from 2020 to 2022.

Research interests

Popular romance studies; fiction and history; popular fiction; Orientalism; cultural history; gender and popular culture; creative writing.

Hsu-Ming is currently co-editing a collection titled “Repairing the Past, Repurposing History: Conflict, Colonialism and Exoticism in 21st Century Romantic Historical Fiction” with Dr Paloma Fresno-Calleja (Univ. of Balearic Islands).

She is also part of a team of researchers led by Dr Fresno-Calleja working on the "Romance For Change: Diversity, Intersectionality and Affective Reparation in Contemporary Romantic Narratives" project funded by the Ministerio De Ciencia e Innovación (Ministry of Science and Innovation), Spain, and the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (Project ID2021-122249NB-I00): https://blocs.uib.cat/romanceforchange/. 


Lecturing in:

ENGL1002 Literature: Modern and Contemporary

ENGL2036 Writing Popular Genre Fiction

ENGL2040 Historical Fiction and a Passion for the Past

ENGL3020 Humanity and the World: Global and Contemporary Literature

ENGL3035 Novel and Novella Writing

ENGL8017 Writing the Past, Building New Worlds

ENGL7000 Research in Literary Studies

ENGL7001 Textual Analysis and Literary Theory

FOAR7000 Research Paradigms

Education/Academic qualification

History and English literature, PhD, ‘Exotic Excursions: British Women’s Travel Writing, 1890–1939’

Award Date: 30 Oct 1998

History and English Literature, BA (Hons)

External positions

Board Member, International Association for the Study of Popular Romance

2018 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Popular Romance Studies

2015 → …

Board Member, Journal of Australian Studies

2008 → …


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