A. Robert Lee

Posted: December 8, 2015
Category: IAB, People, Specialist Area: Arts & Humanities

International Director of Programme: Arts & Humanities
Nihon University, Japan (retd.)

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A. Robert Lee, a Britisher who helped establish American Studies in the UK, was Professor in the English department at Nihon University, Tokyo from 1997 to 2011, having previously long taught at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He now lives in Murcia, Spain.

His academic books include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998); Postindian Conversations (1999), with Gerald Vizenor; Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award in 2004; Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2009); Modern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics (2010), and collections like Other Britain, Other British: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction (1995); Beat Generation Writers (1996); China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story (2008); The Salt Companion to Jim Barnes (2010); Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (2010); and Herman Melville, 4 Vols (2001): Native American Writing, 4 Vols (2011), African American Writing, 5 Vols (2013), and U.S.Latino/a Writing, 4 Vols (2013). He edited the Special Japan edition of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies in 2006.

His creative work is reflected in Japan Textures: Sight and Word (2007), with Mark Gresham; Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line (2011); and the poetry collections Ars Geographica: Maps and Compasses (2012), Portrait and Landscape: Further Geographies (2013), and Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines (2013).

Associated IAB Members:

Professor Chung-Ying Cheng (University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA)
Professor Georges Depeyrot (ENS Paris/CNRS Director of Research and Member of the Board of Trustees)
Dr. Richard Donovan (Doshisha University, Japan)
Dr. Thomas French (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
Mr Michael Sakamoto (Interdisciplinary Artist)
His Excellency Dr Drago Stambuk (Croatian Ambassador to Brazil & Venezuela)
Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd (University of Cambridge, UK)
Dr. Michael O’Sullivan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, CUHK)

Associated Events:

The IAFOR Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (2010 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Arts and Humanities (2013 onwards)
The IAFOR North American Conference on Arts and Humanities (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship (2011 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Literature and Librarianship (2013 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy (2011 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy (2014 onwards)

Associated Publications:

The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities
Editor: Dr. Thomas French (Ritsumaikan University, Japan)
The IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship
Editor: Dr. Richard Donovan (Doshisha University, Japan)
The IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy
Editor: Dr. Michael O’Sullivan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

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