FASS Staff Profile



Brief Introduction

Educational history: B.A. (NUS), M.A. (NUS), Ph.D (NUS).


2014-                   Undergraduate Chair, Theatre Studies Programme

2010 –2013         Theatre Studies Co-ordinator

2003 – 2012        Student Exchange Co-ordinator, Theatre Studies Programme

2003 – 2012        Undergraduate Co-ordinator, Theatre Studies Programme

Teaching Areas

Some of the modules I am currently teaching or have taught include the following:

Undergraduate Modules

Theatre Studies

TS2243/GEK2026 Film Genres: Stars and Styles

TS2238/SSA2218: Singapore Film: Performance of Identity

TS3243: Stage and Screen

TS3245: Professional Theatre Internship

TS3238: Acting for the Screen

TS2236: Crossing Boundaries: Race, Language, Gender

TS2233: Praxis in Theatre and Performance Theory

TS3201/SS3201: Singapore English-Language Theatre


English Literature

EN4245: Narrative, Narration Auteur

SSA1206: Representing Singapore

EN3263/SSA2201: Singapore Literature in Context

GEM3000M: Popularising the Classics

EN2205/EN3231: Film and Drama I

EN1101E: Foundations of Literary Studies

EN2213/GEK2020K: Introduction to Film Art

EN3233/AS3233: American Film: Art and Industry


Graduate Modules

Theatre Studies

TS5212: Asian International Cinema

TS5101:Text and Performance


I have also supervised the following undergraduate Independent Study Modules and Honours Theses:

University Scholars Programme Independent Study Module Supervision

2012/13         The Singapore Dream in Singapore Film

2009/10         The Flesh and the Fantasy: Hollywood Representations of Striptease Dancing

2007/8           Rent on Stage and Screen: A Case Study of Performance Across Genres

2006/7           Miyazaki’s Performance of Innocence

2005/6           Singapore Film and Identity

2005/6           Beyond the Looking Glass:The Heartland in 12 Storeys and Money No Enough

2004/5           Disney’s Heroes: A Postmodern Deconstruction of Hercules and Mulan

2003/4           Bollywood Theatre: Origins and Diaspora


Honours Thesis and Independent Study Module Supervision

2013/14           The Rise of Found Footage in Hollywood Horror: A Study on What is Actually  Found

                        Imagining the Heartlander in Singapore Films

2011/12           Cinematic Sentimentality in Asian Extreme Cinema: A Case Study of Two Films

2010/11           From MTV to the Big Screen: The Bond Music Videos

2009/10           From Tights to Guns: The Performance of Authenticity in Shakespeare Films


Masala on a New Platter: 'Om Shanti Om's' Popularity in New Bollywood


Cultural adaptation in animation: the performance of cultural identity in Disney animation


Problematizing gendered sexuality: the performance and performativity of gender and sexuality in the L word


Re-performing the Messiah in contemporary film: the Everyman who saves the world


The New Musical and Postmodernism


Rousing the Rainbow Flag: Approaches to Queer Theatre in Singapore and Their Implications


Strictly Shakespeare?: Authorship in William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and 10 Things I Hate About Youu

Graduate Supervision

Graduate Independent Study Supervision

2012/13      Ontology and Representation in the films of Kon Satoshi

                   Roles and Representations of the Ghosts in The Eye and In Love with the Dead

2011/12      Missing Children and Cultural Anxiety in Contemporary South Korean Film

2011/12      Inclination for Mimetic Opera, or Non-mimetic Cinema: Over 100 Years of Obsession on Chinese Opera Film

2010/11     Style and Stardom: The Iconicity of Jay Chou

2010/11     Locating Transnational Cinema and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas: A Comparative and Complementary Study

2007/8      The Supernatural and Singapore Film: Problematizing the imagination of Singapore in Forever Fever, The Maid and 881.

2007/8     Transitional Cinema: Looking Beyond Existing Borders.


Graduate Thesis Supervision

Chew Yi Wei Sharleen, Chinese Diasporas and Cinema (Ph.D)

Edson Ng Li Chun, Rural Spaces in China's Alternative Cinema (Ph.D)

Current Research

I am currently completing my book on Singapore cinema titled Celluloid Singapore: Cinema, Performance and the National for Edinburgh University Press.

Research Interests

Contemporary Hollywood and Asian cinema, issues in adaptation and popular culture, and Singapore film and television.



  • "Celluloid Singapore: Connecting the Golden Age and the Revival". Film and Cinema in Singapore (6-7 October 2011, Asia Research Institute, Bukit Timah Campus, NUS, Singapore).


    "Counter-performance: The Heartland and other Spaces in Eating Air and 15". Performing Space in Asian Films (Invited paper) (22Feb - 23Oct 2010, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus, Singapore).

    "(An)other Singapore: Singapore cinema and/as national cinema". Transnational Cinema in Globalising Societies (29 - 31 Aug 2008, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico).

    "Singapore Film: National cinema and the Other Singaporean". Asian Cinematic Practice (6 - 7 Mar 2006, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore).

    "Coming up for air: Film and the other Singaporean". National Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (2007) (National Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, 23 - 26 Mar 2005, Marriot Hotel, San Diego, United States).

    "Displacing Titanic". Nights to Remember: Memory, Modernity and the Myth of the Titanic (20 - 23 Jul 2000, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom).

    “City is Text: Constructing the Urban in Sesame Street and Teletubbies”". Co-authored with Felicia Chan. City as Text: NA ( 8 - 10 Sep 1999, National University of Singapore, Singapore).

    "Industry and Identity: Filming the British Action Hero". Co-authored with Valerie Wee. Constructing British Identities: Texts, Sub-texts and Contexts (11- 13Sep 1997, National University of Singapore, Singapore).


  • Edna Lim, "Celluloid Singapore: Connecting the Golden Age and the Revival," Cinematically Conscious: Conceptualizing Singapore Film and Cinema, eds. Stephen Teo and Liew Khai Khiun (Routledge, forthcoming).


    Edna Lim and Lilian Chee, “Asian cinema and the potential of cinematic space,” Asian cinema and the use of space, eds., Lilian Chee and Edna Lim (New York: Routledge, 2015).

    Edna Lim "Counter-Performance: The heartland and other spaces in Eating Air and 15," Asian cinema and the use of space, eds., Lilian Chee and Edna Lim (New York: Routledge, 2015).

    Edna Lim and Valerie Wee, “Industry and Identity: Filming the British Action Hero,” Postcolonial Cultures and Literatures: Modernity and the (Un)Commonwealth, eds. Andrew Benjamin, Tony Davies and Robbie Goh (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2002), 190-203.


  • Edna Lim, “Coming up for air: Film and the Other Singaporean”. Kinema, no. 28 (Fall 2007): 45-51. (Canada).


    Edna Lim, “Displacing Titanic,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Fall 2003, Volume 5, Number 1, 45-69.


  • Asian Cinema and the Use of Space, eds., Lilian Chee and Edna Lim (New York: Routledge, 2015).


  • 2010: “Reframing Post-war Space: Singapore and Malaya in Hollywood movies, 1945-1979,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movement journal


    2009: "Historicizing Singapore Cinema", Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movement journal


  • Edna Lim, “From Small to Big Screen,” The Arts, September/October 2002, Issue 10, 11-13.

    Edna Lim, “A Conversation with Dr K I Sudderuddin,” The Arts, September/October 2002, Issue 10, 20.

Other Information

Conference organisation:

Co-organiser and co-chair of Performing Space in Asian Film: Interdisciplnary Perspectives, 4-5 February 2010, Asia Research Institute, Singapore.


Other professsional appointments / membership:

Selection Panel Member, 2012 Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Award Assessment Panel for Film, 2012

Member, Film Consutative Panel, Media Authority of Singapore, 2009-2011     

Mentor, Asian Film Archive’s Moving Minds Lab: Young Critics Programme, 2008

Member of Selection Panel for National Book Development Council of Singapore’s Screen-to-Script publications, 2007


Producer, TS2233 Play Productions:

2006/7   Are You Afraid of the Dark?, National University of Singapore.

2005/6   Texture, National University of Singapore.

2004/5   Partylines, Blackbox at Fort Canning, Singapore.

2003/4   Uncut/Angkat, The Attic, Singapore.

2002/3   Channel Zero, National University of Singapore.

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