Dr Rinni Marliyana Binti Haji Amran

rinni.amran@ubd.edu.bn

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



               

Dr. Rinni Haji Amran is a Lecturer in English Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). She completed her PhD in English at the University of Exeter in 2015 where her doctoral research focused on the impact of aviation on modernist fiction. Her current research explores representations of the environment and natural energy sources in contemporary Bruneian literature.

Rinni also contributes to undergraduate teaching in various modules including 'Introduction to English Literature', 'From Romantic to Decadent', 'Critical Contemporary Theory', 'Literary Appreciation and Criticism', and 'Contemporary Fiction'. She has taught Writing and Listening Skills to exchange students participating in UBD's Global Discovery Programme: Intensive English Course. Additionally, she is supervising a PhD student working on contemporary Malaysian noir fiction as well as a Masters by Research student studying romance in postcolonial literature.

EDUCATION

PhD English, University of Exeter
MA Literatures of Modernity, Royal Holloway, University of London
BA English Language and Literature, King's College London

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Literature and ecocriticism; petrofiction and petrocultures; climate and literature; contemporary Bruneian fiction; literary modernism; history of technology (aviation)

FUTURE PROJECTS

Oil in the Bruneian Imagination

Oil's integral role in the shaping of modern Brunei demands that literature produced within the nation after 1929 be examined under a petrocritical lens. This paper seeks to examine how petroleum is imagined in contemporary Bruneian fiction. In contrast to literature from other petrocultures that reveal destructive relationships between themselves and oil, fiction from Brunei appears to portray the opposite as the stories demonstrate the debt modern civilization owes to the extraction of oil. The burgeoning of nationalistic novels post-independence, for example, can be seen as one of the products of a booming oil economy that helped pave the way for the nation’s independence in the first place. However, with growing global realization of the downsides to being fossil fuel-dependent, such as the environmental degradation caused and the volatility of the economy, local writers are also coming to terms with the complications of the nation’s dependence on oil. On shaky ground, how then, should Bruneian stories be narrated? In recent years, this challenge has resulted in the imagining of alternate visions of the nation, which can be seen in Amir Falique’s The Forlorn Adventure, which is set in a distant future, and Aamton Alias’s The Bunian Conspiracy series, which partly takes place in another dimension. The former imagines a far more modernised Brunei with a booming economy, thus showing an optimistic vision of the local petroculture in the future. In the latter novel, a battle over the land ensues between humans and spirits that implicitly raises the question of whether mankind really has any right towards (exploiting) the land. These stories of other versions of Brunei reveal the challenges posed by writing from within an oil-dependent nation.


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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Rinni Haji Amran, ‘Technologizing Islam, Islamifying Technology: The Use of Modern Technologies in Brunei’s First Film, Gema Dari Menara (1968)’, Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Vol. 20, Issue 2 (2021), 30-40.

Rinni Haji Amran, ‘Examining the Imagined Environments in Contemporary Bruneian Fiction: Developing Southeast Asian Ecocriticism’. In: Ho H.M.Y., Deterding D. (eds) Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature, and Culture. Springer.

(Co-authored with H.M.Y Ho) ‘Constructs of the Modern Home: Negotiating Identity in Anglophone Bruneian Literature’. In Ho H.M.Y., Deterding D. (eds) Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature, and Culture. Springer.

Amran R.H. (2020) ‘The Fundamental Magic of Flying’: Changing Perspectives in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s North to the Orient and Virginia Woolf’s The Years and Between the Acts. In: McCluskey M., Seaber L. (eds) Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain. Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Rinni Haji Amran, 'Anne Morrow Lindbergh's North to the Orient: An Account of an Aviator's Emerging Environmental Consciousness', Ikhtilaf: Journal of Critical Humanities and Social Studies, 1 (2017), 20-29.

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Rinni Haji Amran, ‘Examining the Imagined Environments in Contemporary Bruneian Fiction: Developing Southeast Asian Ecocriticism’. In: Ho H.M.Y., Deterding D. (eds) Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature, and Culture (2020). Springer.

Amran R.H. (2020) ‘The Fundamental Magic of Flying’: Changing Perspectives in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s North to the Orient and Virginia Woolf’s The Years and Between the Acts. In: McCluskey M., Seaber L. (eds) Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain. Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

'"Moving Without Comprehensible Purpose Toward No Discernible Destination": The Sensation and Spectacle of Flight in William Faulkner's Pylon', Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies, 26 (2017), 29-40.

‘”World State, Therefore, it Must Be”: H.G. Wells’s Responses to Aeronautical Developments, 1898-1936’, The Wellsian, No. 38 (2015), 24-40.

‘Aviation and Alienation in John Dos Passos’s Airways, Inc. and The Big Money’, Assembling Identities, ed. by Sam Wiseman (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), pp.208-219.

GRANT DETAILS

2017: Travel grant of AU$1,000 to attend as guest speaker at the American Cultures Workshop series, The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia

CONSULTANCY

Yes, provides consultancy.

Aug - Sep 2018: Lecturer for UBD Global Discovery Program: Intensive English Proficiency Course (Ibaraki University, Japan)
Jan - Mar 2017: Lecturer for UBD Global Discovery Program: Intensive English Course (Fatoni University, Thailand)
Mar 2015 - Jun 2016: Education Officer (Daily-rated) at Sekolah Menengah Perdana Wazir, Kuala Belait

SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Nov 2016: Accompanying Staff for ASEAN University Network (AUN) Education Forum & Young Speakers Contest at Mahidol University, Thailand