Michael O’Sullivan

Contributor and Guest Editor 

Originally from Ireland, Michael O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor teaching literature in Chinese University Hong Kong. He writes short stories, poems and essays and he has published a book on James Joyce and Marcel Proust and a book on Michel Henry. His essays appear in such journals as Mosaic and Parallax. His most recent books are Weakness: A Literary and Philosophical History and Academic Barbarism, Universities and Inequality. He is an editor of the academic journal Hong Kong Studies, published by Chinese University Press. (Photo credit: Dan Short)


  • Issue #38 (December 2017): Hong Kong Howl [Read]
  • Issue #36 (June 2017): Cicada [Read]
  • Issue #35 (March 2017): The Art of Cloning: Creative Production during China’s Cultural Revolution [Read]
  • Issue #33 (September 2016): Umbrella Movement Two Years On: Feeling the Fear of Life Lived as Threat [Read]
  • Issue #29 (September 2015): A Singaporean Man in Dublin: Ireland’s Elusive Cosmopolitanism of the Fifties [Read]
  • Issue #28 (June 2015): Precarious Existence of the Homeless and Destitute: A Commentary on the Lives of Unwanted Immigrants [Read]
  • Issue #25 (September 2014): Whither Hong Kong?: A Preface [Read]
  • “Whither Hong Kong?”: Editor [Original Call | Section]
  • Issue #25 (September 2014): Defining the Untranslatable: Dictionary of Untranslatables [Read]
  • Issue #24 (June 2014): On Meeting the Mother of MichaelAngelo [Read]
  • Issue #20 (March 2013): Scholarly Gems: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics [Read]
  • Issue #16 (March 2012): On a Psychological Tightrope: Olga Walló’s Tightrope! [Read]
  • Issue #13 (February 2011): Creatures, Inside and Out: Tiziano Fratus’s Creaturing [Read]
  • Issue #13 (February 2011): A Philosophy of Exits and Entrances: Dimitris Lyacos’s Poena Damni, Z213: Exit [Read]
  • Issue #10 (February 2010): Stranger [Read]