Dr. Anna Tso (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2091-2547) received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from The University of Birmingham, U.K. She is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, where she heads the Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics and directs the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH). She is also an award-winning children's author whose books have won and been shortlisted for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and the Debbie Alvarez Memorial Award.
Anna's research interests lie at the intersection of children's literature, gender studies, translation studies, and language education. Having led research and development projects funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and other granting bodies in Hong Kong, she has published books, refereed book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles in indexed journals (in Scopus, Web of Science, THCI CORE, etc.) across Asia, Europe, the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Her most recent book publications include Reading the Short Story: A Student's Guide to Selected British, Irish, and American Works (McFarland, forthcoming), Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching (Springer, 2019), Teaching Shakespeare to ESL Students (Springer, 2017), and the prized and well-acclaimed children's book series Hong Kong Stories (2017 - ).
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- British and American short stories
- Children's literature
- Cultural and literary criticism
- Gender studies
- Language education
- Translation studies
Academic & Professional Experience
Awards, Honours, and Recognition
- Outstanding Script Award (English), The 12th Hong Kong School Drama Festival
- Second Prize & 3 Honorable Mentions, The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2019
- Finalist, The 4th Debbie Alvarez Memorial Award
- 2019 Honorary fellowship, International Youth Library, Munich
- Featured children's author, The 9th Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival
Research and Development Grants
Total External Research Grants Obtained: HK$563,825
- Principal investigator of the R&D project, "English Cultural Literacy Enhancement for Degree Students in Hong Kong" (Reference no.: S/V/EL in U1(5/2019)), Sunrise Charitable and Education Fund, 2019 - 2020. [Withdrawn]
- Principal investigator of the R&D project, "Exploring the Digital Literacy of Hong Kong Students beyond Classroom Writing through Facebook and Whatsapp" (Reference no.: S/V/EL in U002(1/2017)), Sunrise Charitable and Education Fund, 2017 - 2018.
- Principal investigator of the R&D project, "Childhood Literacy Development: Hong Kong Children's Stories Project" (Reference no.: S/V/EL in U001(8/2016)), Sunrise Charitable and Education Fund, 2016 - 2018.
Total External Infrastructural Grant(s) Endowed: HK$3,783,677
- Tso, A. W. B., & Ho, W. S. Y. (In preparation). A Handbook of Writing for Cultural and Creative Industries. Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education.
- Tso, A. W. B., & Lee, S. (Forthcoming in 2019). Reading the Short Story: A Student's Guide to Selected British, Irish and American Works. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc.
- Tso, A. W. B. (Ed.). (2019). Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching. Singapore: Springer. xvi + 249 pages. [Included in the spotlight listing of Fordham University Libraries. See: https://fordham.libguides.com/DigitalHumanities/DHBooks]
- Lau, L. C. M., & Tso, A. W. B. (2017). Teaching Shakespeare to ESL Students: The Study of Language Arts in Four Major Plays. Singapore: Springer. xxxii + 149 pages.
[Included in the reference list for Shakespeare in East Asian Education at The University of York. See: https://www.york.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/phd/research-projects/cresj/shakespeare-east-asian-education/?fbclid=IwAR2pK-DMrvctfU9NOm69G66Bs7225AGb3OW-2U6a1uWbYLYdxGobgyDRAKE]
- Tso, A. W. B., Ho, W. S. Y., & Chung, J. S. K. (2016). Academic Writing for Arts and Humanities Students. Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education. x + 161 pages.
- Tso, A. W. B. (Forthcoming). Divination or Death Traps? The Semiotic Language in Chinese Folklore and Fortune Telling. In M. Lackner, K. K. Tam, M. Ganßbauer & T. Yip (Eds.), Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination. Leiden: Brill.
- Tso, A. W. B. (2019). Learning English as a Foreign Language through Social Media: First-hand Perspectives from Hong Kong Adolescents. In Will W. K. Ma, W. L. Chan & C. M. Cheng (Eds.), Shaping the Future of Education, Communication and Technology (pp. 107-115). Singapore: Springer (Web of Science/ISI-indexed).
- Tso, A. W. B. (2019). Introduction: Digital Humanities in Research, Practice, and Pedagogy. In A. W. B. Tso (Ed.), Digital Humanities and New Ways of Teaching (pp. ix-xiii). Singapore: Springer.
- Tso, A. W. B. (2019). Losing Sight, Gaining Insight: Blindness and the Romantic vision in Grimm's "Rapunzel". Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 10(3), 140-144. (ERIC & MLA indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B., & Ho, W. S. Y. (2018). Chances and Challenges: Teaching Academic Writing to University Students in Hong Kong. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, 9(1), 67-82. (Wiley-Blackwell Linguistics Abstracts & Bibliography of Linguistic Literature indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2017). Repressed Sexual Modernity: A Case Study of Herbert Giles’ (1845 - 1935) Rendition of Pu Songling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1880) in the late Qing. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 7(2), 9-18. (Scopus indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2016). Teaching Shakespeare to Young ESL Learners in Hong Kong. Journal of Pedagogic Development, 6(2), 18-24. (ESCI indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B., & Lee, S. P. W. (2015). Critical Discourse Analysis and Translation: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Ideology in Translated Versions of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Nordlit. 25, 505-517. (MLA & EBSCO indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2014). Female Cross-dressing in Chinese Literature Classics and Their English Versions. International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, 16(1), 111-124. (CEEOL & EBSCO indexed)
- Lee, S. P. W., & Tso, A. W. B. (2014). Delimit Imagination? A Comparison of Unabridged and Abridged Versions of Peter Pan. Interlitteraria, 19(1), 131-151. (ESCI indexed)
- Tso, A. W. .B. (2014). Teaching Short Stories to Students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Tertiary Level. Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 10(1), 111-117. (ERIC indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2013). Taboos and Subversion in Children's Literature. Cross-cultural Studies, 1(10), 135-140. (THCI CORE indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2012). Representations of Monstrous-Feminine in the Selected Works of C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman. Libri & Liberi: Journal of Research on Children's Literature and Culture, 1(2), 215-234. (ESCI & Scopus indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2010). The Reinvention of the "Femmes Fatales" in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (1995 - 2000) and its Chinese Translation. SPECTRUM: NCUE Studies in Language, Literature, Translation and Interpretation, 7, 49-63. (TCI-HSS indexed)
- Tso, A. W. B. (2007). Transgression in the Gender Representation in MacDonald's Princess Books. The International Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), 11-21. (ERIC, ESCI & Scopus indexed)
Selected Professional & Community Services
- Jun 2019 – To date: Programme Chair & Organizing Committee Member, Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference 2020
- Feb 2019 – To date: Guest Editor, Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies
- Mar 2017 – To date: Associate Editor, Springer's Digital Culture and Humanities series
- Sep 2016 – To date: External Examiner, Division of Languages and Communication, Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT)
- Mar 2014 – To date: Reviewer for System (SSCI-indexed), The China Review (SSCI-indexed), Interlitteraria (ESCI-indexed), Informatics (ESCI-indexed), Palgrave Communications (ESCI-indexed), Humanities (ERIC-indexed), Teachers and Curriculum (ERIC-indexed), The Journal of Chinese Literary Studies, and Routledge's Literature Book Series
- Dec 2014 – To date: Judge, The Standard's English Writing Competition & Story Writing Competition
- Sep 2014 – To date: Subject Committee Member, HKDSE Ethics & Religious Studies Subject Committee, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)
- Mar 2012 – To date: Adjudicator, Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition (English)
- May 2011 – To date: English Storyteller and Reading Club Leader, Hong Kong Public Libraries
- June 2017 – May 2019: OUHK University-at-Large Senate Member (Elected) and Senate Committee on Regulations Member
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Modified Date: Aug 22, 2019