Anita Harris Satkunananthan

Anita Harris Satkunananthan
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia | ukm · Research Centre for Languages and Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Postcolonial Literature

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Introduction
Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan is a senior lecturer at the National University of Malaysia. She possesses a PhD in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Queensland at St Lucia, Australia. Her research interests: Postcolonial Gothic, Phenomenology: Spatial and Temporal studies encompassing Hauntology, Geocriticism, and Memory Studies. Anita has been awarded grants from the Centre for Research and Instrumentation, UKM and the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Anita has recently been working on Anthropocene literary criticism and ecoGothic literature -- both subfields deeply connected to her ongoing work on the postcolonial Gothic and the spatio-temporal configurations of phenomenology in literature.
Additional affiliations
May 2006 - present
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Description
  • Senior Lecturer (permanent) in Literatures in English and Creative Writing.
Education
September 2007 - March 2012
The University of Queensland
Field of study
  • Postcolonial Literature
July 2000 - December 2003
University of Malaya
Field of study
  • English Literature

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Publications (23)
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This essay interrogates the ways in which, through the mise en abyme narrative strategy in White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and White as Snow by Tanith Lee, various tropes from the Grimm and Disney retellings of "Snow White" are related to the mythic descent to the Underworld, known as the Hellenic katabasis (κατάβασις). Findings reveal that...
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Yangsze Choo's The Ghost Bride, which was a finalist for the 2014 Mythopoeic Awards, has recently enjoyed renewed success owing to the Netflix serial based on its premise. The novel takes place in a liminal world populated by Chinese ghosts, Gods and demons. Cassandra Khaw's short story "Some Breakable Things", on the other hand, provides a painful...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the Nigeria-Biafra war and its effect on the Igbo in more than one novel in her oeuvre, which is written entirely in English as a cosmopolitan Nigerian diasporic author currently residing in the United States of America. In Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie memorializes the intellectual and artistic culture of Nsuk...
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Houses feature prominently in Helen Oyeyemi's novels, The Opposite House and White Is for Witching. I describe the connection between the Greco-Roman Underworld and the Yorùbá Otherworld in Oyeyemi's texts as a "liminal intersection", one in which Gothic and supernatural metaphors from the Yorùbá culture are syncretised. The Gothic tropes of the Ho...
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Brian Jacques’s Redwall series of anthropomorphic fantasy novels featuring animals divided into the noblebeast and vermin are well-loved, with the medieval images of Redwall Abbey, Mossflower and other noblebeast communities exciting the imagination of its readers. Nevertheless, there exists a binary opposition of the noblebeast and the vermin who...
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This article examines the pedagogical aspect of the ecoGothic elements in Ruskin Bond's fiction, particularly the three novellas chosen to be highlighted: Angry River (Flood), Dust on the Mountains (Deforestation in the Mountains) and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (Wildlife Conservation). Even his poems such as "The Pool" and "Parts of Old Dehra" car...
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Students at the UiTM Seri Iskandar Campus were found to have a limited ability to describe and expand creatively on subjects in class, particularly during their in-class evaluations. A first evaluation determined that this was due to a lack of writing stimulus in class. Therefore, we initiated the incorporation of two figures from horror fiction an...
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This study analyses the Malay folkloric trope of the Nenek Kebayan and how this supernatural figure is connected to the Gothic trope of the haunted house in selected horror films. This study contends that the figure of the Nenek Kebayan is instrumental in the haunting effect of these homes. Three horror films have therefore been chosen to analyse t...
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The main intention of this paper is to interrogate the strategies of fear deployed in Malaysian and American haunted house films. Haunted houses have been known to exist in real life which trigger the impulses of fear in the viewers when they watch such horror films. There are a few elements which constitute a haunted house that is also related to...
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This paper interrogates the connection between entities that hover in the liminal state between life and death (such as vampires and spirits) and the manner in which these entities relate to Alaya Dawn Johnson's conjurings of alternate political structures and hierarchies in her Spirit Binders series. Johnson's alternate hierarchies are compelling...
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The Loathly Lady’s eyes fix on the onlooker, challenging perceptions by standing for both female and beast, beautiful and ugly, male and female. As an archetype in folklore and fairytales, the Loathly Lady beguiles not with physical beauty, but with the power of transformation, and that of choice. I read the Loathly Lady as a liminal, inherently hy...
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In this article, we attempt to unravel the family-based haunted house film patterns in both Malaysia and America. Certain types of tropes and attributes have been used by horror filmmakers over the years to define the family motif-pattern of haunted houses in the media. Some of these elements have undergone change over time but most of them still a...
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This paper looks at the ways in which intersectionality connects to instances of monstrosity and body horror in three works by Helen Oyeyemi: The Opposite House, White Is for Witching and Boy, Snow, Bird. Intersectionality acknowledges that the systemic oppression of all marginalised individuals is interconnected. More specifically, a conversation...
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Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein is a young adult novel that re-visions the storyline of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Klein's text introduces the female voice and perspectives on the power struggle of men wanting to become King of Scotland. She also increases the supernatural elements in her novel, linking nature and the supernatural to the...
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Adrienne Kennedy, in her oeuvre, has addressed the intersecting complications of gender and race. Most of her plays have examined and explored the ways in which these categories are constructed in American society. Through her focus on the experience of African American female characters, Kennedy's theatrical work has illuminated the ways in which...
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From its inception, cyberpunk has been a literary movement and occasional subgenre that stands at the margins and at the frontiers of genre. Since the1980s, cyberpunk has demonstrated humanity’s collective paranoia and optimism in relation to technology. The subgenre predicted a rise in surveillance and the re-definition of humanity as our ontologi...
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influence on popular culture and video games is far reaching. There exists a deep familiarity with Lovecraftian tropes in South East Asia, but most of these tropes have been transmitted not through the originating texts, but through expansions and adaptation of Lovecraft's monsters in popular culture. These influences draw not just from Lovecraft's...
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Both Sarah Kane's Blasted and Helen Oyeyemi's Juniper's Whitening have frightening instances of theatrical violence which include infanticide. These instances are more overt in Blasted and are alluded to in Juniper's Whitening. This article interrogates the instances of infanticide within both plays, connecting the violence to the child abuse and f...
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Helen Oyeyemi and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are third‐generation novelists of Nigerian origin and their experiences and expectations of hybridity inform their fictions, which contain discernible postcolonial Gothic markers. Both writers fit within the corpus of those who write from abroad (Europe for Oyeyemi, North America for Adichie), and the writ...

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Projects (3)
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An ecocritical method and literary approach, exploring indigenous perspectives to ecocriticism. A Centre of Research and Instrumentation , National University of Malaysia awarded grant. Principal Investigator: Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan
Archived project
FRGS grant-funded project which ran between 2014-2017 aimed at investigating Malaysian Literature between 2000-2020.