Mr. Robert Thomas Tierney

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Mr. Robert Thomas Tierney

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, LAS Global Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and Center for Global Studies

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Biography

Robert Tierney is associate professor of Japanese literaturein the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative andWorld Literatures in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Hisrecent publications include Tropics ofSavagery: the Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame (Universityof California Press, 2010) and “Othello in Tokyo:  Performing Race and Empire in Early TwentiethCentury Japan,” Shakespeare Quarterly 62(4), December 2011.    He is currentlyresearching the history of Japanese adaptations of Shakespeare and Japan’s earlyanti-imperialist movement.   He may be contacted at rtierney@illinois.edu.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Japanese modern literature; film and media, post-colonialism, gender and sexuality, minorities in Japan

Education

  • Ph D Stanford University
  • MA in Asian Studies Stanford University
  • MA French literature Middlebury College
  • BA Romance Languages Harvard College

Distinctions / Awards

  • William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize for The Colonial Literature of Nakajima Atsushi, January 2011, $2500 award Arnold O. Beckman Research Award for research project on Kōtoku Shūsui’s Imperialism, May 5, 2010 Daiwa Japan Forum Prize, British Association of Japanese Studies, for best article published in Japan Forum, November 2008, $1,000 award Grand Prize, 2nd Shizuoka International Translation Competition, 1999, 1,000,000 yen award

Grants

  • Research Board, “Disease as Metaphor and Stigma: The Literature of Leprosy in Japan” $5,300, October 6, 2012 Japan Foundation, Faculty Research Fellowship for 2012-2013 Research Board Scholar Travel Fund Grant of $1050, to attend the EAJS Annual Meeting, Tallinn, Estonia, August 24-27, 2011 Japan Foundation, Faculty Research Fellowship for 2011-2012, declined Center for Advanced Study, selected as fellow for 2011-2012, declined NEAC Japan Travel Award, $3000, for write up of translation of Kōtoku Shūsui”s Imperialism, December 2010 Research Board, Kotoku Shusui’s Imperialism, summer funding of $7710, May 5, 2010 Research Board Scholar Travel Fund Grant of $500, to attend the AAS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 25-28, 2010 One year Extension of SSRC/JSPS Fellowship Program for Recent Ph.D.’s, 2009-2010 MOE: The Talent Cultivation Project of Taiwanese Literature, History and Art in Globalization for foreign research teams in Taiwanese studies, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2009 Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (SSRC/JSPS) Fellowship for Recent Ph.D.’s, 2008-2009 SLCL award of $12,000 for curricular redevelopment of EALC 275, summer 2008 Research Board Scholar Travel Fund Grant $600, to attend AAS Annual Meeting in Boston March 21-24, 2007 Mellon Fellowship in Humanities for UIUC Junior Faculty, 2006-2007

Courses

  • University of Illinois EALC 306 Japanese Literature in Translation, II, fall 2012 EALC 398 Otherness and Minorities in Modern Japanese Literature, fall 2012 Konan University: Year in Japan Program EALC 306 Japanese Literature in Translation, II, fall 2011 EALC 415 Otherness and Minorities in Modern Japanese Literature, spring 2012 University of Illinois EALC 306 Japanese Literature in Translation, II, fall 2012 EALC 398 Otherness and Minorities in Modern Japanese Literature, fall 2012 CWL 502 Graduate Seminar on Cross-Culture Comparison, spring 2011 EALC 415 Love, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature, spring 2011 EALC 275 Masterpieces of East Asian Literature, fall 2010 EALC 398 Colloquium on Cultures of East Asian Empire, fall 2010 EALC 306 Japanese Literature in Translation, II, spring 2010 CWL 190 Literatures of Asia and Africa, spring 2010 EALC 306 Japanese Literature in Translation, II, spring 2008 CWL 395 Undergraduate Seminar on Literature and Empire, spring 2008 EALC 590 Graduate Seminar: Readings in Japanese Modern Literature, spring 2008 EALC 550 Graduate Seminar on Empire, Identity and Culture: 20th century Manchuria, fall 2007 EALC 275 Masterpieces of East Asian Literature, fall 2007 EALC 275 Masterpieces of East Asian Literature, fall 2006 EALC 531 Graduate Seminar on Occupation and Post-War Japanese Literature, fall 2006 CWL 190: Masterpieces of non-Western Literature, spring 2006 EALC 415: Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature spring 2006 EALC 398: Colloquium on Cultures of Japanese Imperialism, fall 2005 EALC 590: Graduate Seminar on Japanese Colonial Literature, fall 2005

Publications

Books

  • Tropics of savagery. . Berkeley, CA: University of California press, 2010.

Book Contributions


  • "Primitivism and Imperial Literature of Taiwan and the South Seas." Cambridge History of Japanese literature. . 2013.

  • Tierney, Robert . "“Ethnographer and Writer in Colonial Taiwan” and translation of “Demon Bird” (Machō) by Satō Haruo." Reading Colonial Japan: Text, Context and Critique. . Ed. Michele Mason and Helen Lee. Stanford University Press, 2011. 109-140.

Journal Articles

  • Tierney, Robert. "“Othello in Tokyo: Performing Race and Empire in Early Twentieth Century Japan,." Shakespeare Quarterly 62.4 (2011): 514-41.
  • Tierney, Robert. "“Mimicry in Japanese Colonial Fiction” ." Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies: Literature and Literary Theory 9 (2009): 264-69.
  • Tierney, Robert. "“Folklore, Propaganda, and Parody: The Adventures of Momotarō in the South Seas,”." Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies: Travel in Japanese Representational Culture 8 (2008): 489-99.
  • "Ethnography, Borders, Violence: Reading Between the Lines in Sato Haruo's "Demon Bird"." Japan Forum 19.1 (2007): 89-110.
  • "The Colonial Eyeglasses of Nakajima Atsushi." Japan Review 17 (2005): 149-196.

Reviews

  • Tierney, Robert. "Book Reviiew of Mark Driscoll’s, Duke University Press,." Rev. of Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque, by Mark Driscoll. Japan Forum, 24.1 (2012): 138-40.