Philip Holden researches life writing and Southeast Asian writing in English, often with a focus on issues relating to gender and multiculturalism. He is the author of Autobiography and Decolonization: Modernity, Masculinity, and the Nation-State (2008) and co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English (2009), as well as articles in Postcolonial Studies, Interventions, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Biography, Life Writing, Philippine Studies and Textual Practice. His present research examines the place of the short story as a global form under decolonization, and he is also doing preliminary work on a literary biography of W. Somerset Maugham. Holden teaches at the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore, and is presently Deputy Director of the University Scholars Programme at the same university. He holds a BA from University College London, an MA from the University of Florida, and a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia.