Antonio Paoliello joined The University of Edinburgh as Teaching Fellow in Chinese Studies in September 2012.
Antonio received his MA (2004) in Asian Languages and Civilizations (Classical Chinese, Modern Chinese and Korean Studies) from the Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale", in Naples, Italy, his MRes (2008) in Contemporary East Asian Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain and his PhD (2011) in Translation and Intercultural Studies (major in East Asian Studies) also from the UAB. He also studied, at graduate and postgraduate levels, at the universities of Venice, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Aalborg.
From 2007 to 2011, Antonio was Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Translation and Interpreting, UAB, where he also taught courses in Chinese language and culture (from history to literature to translation). From August 2010 to February 2011, he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Malaysian Chinese Literature Centre, Southern College, in Johor, Malaysia. Moreover, he was Visiting Lecturer in East Asian Thought and Religions at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
His main research activity revolves around the relations between Sinophone Malaysian literature and the Sinophone literary polysystem.
Chinese language & culture
My most recent research activities take the novel concept of the Sinophone as departing point to explore the complex relations between the Sinophone Malaysian literary system, Chinese literature, the Sinophone literary polysystem and Malaysian national literature.
Moreover, I examine how the Other is represented in contemporary Sinophone Malaysian fiction. I am also interested in comparative Sinophone literature in the Asian context and in the role of new technologies in the production, circulation and consumption of "peripheral" Sinophone literatures.
I also have a research interest in Chinese pop culture (especially pop music from China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia).
PAPERS AND INVITED SEMINARS (in English, unless otherwise stated)
Paoliello, A. (November, 2012). Chinese, Tusán and Kuei: Chinese Peruvian Identity in Siu Kam Wen’s Short Stories. Seminar talk delivered at the Asian Studies Seminar Series, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paoliello, A. (December, 2011). Sinophone Malaysian Literature: Post-Colonial? / Post-Migrant? / Post-National? Paper presented at the “Language, Migration, Diaspora” Modern Languages Symposium, Royal Irish Academy and Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.
Paoliello, A. (September, 2011). The Other of the Other: The Representation of Chinese Mu’allaf in Sinophone Malaysian Fiction. Paper presented at the “Xenographies II” International Conference, The Spanish Society of General and Comparative Literature and the British Comparative Literature Association, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
Paoliello, A. (July, 2011). Identity and Memory in Contemporary Sinophone Malaysian Fiction. Seminar talk delivered at the ALTER Research Group, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. (In Spanish).
Paoliello, A. (March, 2011). Is Sinophone Malaysian Literature a Minor Literature? On How and Why non-Western Literary Traditions Should Enter the Field of Literary Theory. Paper presented at the “Bridging the Gaps, Minding the Context” International Conference, Facultade de Filoloxía e Tradución, Universidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain.
Paoliello, A. (December, 2010). I Speak Therefore I Am: Language and Identity in Sinophone Malaysian Fiction: The Case of Hun de Zhuisu by Chen Zhengxin. Paper presented at the Malaysian International Conference on Foreign Languages (MICFL), Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.
Paoliello, A. (October, 2010). China and the ethnic Chinese in Sinophone Malaysian Literature: the case of Hun de zhuisu by Chen Zhengxin. Seminar talk delivered at the Mahua Literature Centre, Southern College, Johor, Malaysia. (In Mandarin Chinese).
Paoliello A. (June, 2010). Mahua Literature Goes Pop: Urban Pop Culture in Li Zishu’s Prose Writings. Paper presented at the Borneo International Conference on Language and Literature (BICOLL), Universiti Teknologi MARA Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia.
Paoliello A. (May, 2010). Popular references and Malaysian Sinophone Literature in the Writings of Li Zishu. Seminar talk delivered at the ALTER Research Group, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Paoliello, A. (January, 2009). Ink on The South Seas: A Historical Outline of Malaysian Chinese Literature. Paper presented at the International Seminar on Interculturality in East Asia in the Globalization Era, CIDOB Foundation, Barcelona, Spain.
Paoliello, A. (November, 2008). Chinese Literature beyond Borders: Malaysian Chinese Writers in Taiwan. Paper presented at the “Chinese Studies: Immigration and Cultural Exchanges” International Congress, Lu Xun Centre for Chinese Studies, Bilbao, Spain.
PUBLICATIONS (Peer-reviewed in RED)
Paoliello, A. (with Fan Pik Wah) (forthcoming, 2013). “Breaking Taboos: Local History and Sensitive Topics in Xiao Hei’s Fiction,” Universitas – Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture 40.
Paoliello A. (2012). “Once Upon A Time… The China Story Outside China.” The China Story Journal (http://www.thechinastory.org/2012/10/once-upon-a-time-the-china-story-outside-china/ )
Paoliello, A. (with 歐陽文風) (2012). 男男自語 (Letters Between Two). Kuala Lumpur: POPULAR (M) Sdn Bhd. [Creative writing in Chinese]
Paoliello, A. (2012). “Is Sinophone Malaysian Literature a Minor Literature? On How and Why non-Western Literary Traditions Should Enter the Field of Literary Theory”. In Weaving New Perspectives Together: Some Reflections on Literary Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
Paoliello, A. (2010). “China and the Overseas Chinese Quest for Identity in Hun de Zhuisu, a Sinophone Malaysian Short Story,” Facta Universitatis, Series Linguistics and Literature 8(2): pp.115-128.
Paoliello, Antonio (2010). “I Speak Therefore I Am - Language and Identity in Sinophone Malaysian Fiction: The Case of Hun de Zhuisu by Chen Zhengxin” In MICFL 2010: Proceedings of the Malaysian International Conference on Foreign Languages, Serdang, 1-2 Dec. 2010. Serdang: Department of Foreign Languages, UPM, pp. 128-138.