REIKO TACHIBANA

 

Office: Department of Comparative Literature
311 Burrowes Building
The Pennsylvania State University
 University Park, PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-4932
Email: rxn6@psu.edu

 


 

Education

Ph. D. in Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, May 1991.

Zertifikat: Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Gesamthochschule Kassel, July 1986.

M. A. in German Literature, New York University, May 1985.

B. A. in German, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May 1982, Magma Cum Laude.  

 


 

Academic Appointments

1997--: Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, in the Department of Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University.  

1991--97: Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, in the Department of Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University.  

1989-91: Full-time instructor in Japanese, in the Department of Comparative Literature, Penn State. Coordinator for Japanese program. Teaching Japanese I, II, and advanced (third- or fourth year) language courses, as well as Japanese literature.  

 


 

Publications

 

Book Published:

Narrative as Counter-Memory: A Half-Century of Postwar Writing in Germany and Japan, State University of New York Press, 1998  

 

 

Articles Published:

"On Two Interviews Between Günter Grass and Oe Kenzaburo," World Literature Today, 67.2 (Spring 1993): 301-5.  

"The Obsession to Destroy Monuments: Mishima and Böll," Twentieth Century Literature, 39.2 (Summer 1993): 230-49.  

"Günter Grass's The Tin Drum and Oe Kenzaburo's My Tears: A Study in Convergence," Contemporary Literature, 34.4 (Winter 1993): 740-66.  

"The Documentary Novel: Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain and Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries," Revue de Littérature Comparée, 277.1 (Jan.-Mar. 1996): 72-90.  

"Hiroshima in Oba Minako's Urashimaso: Desire and Self-Destructiveness," Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 30.1 (April 1996): 1-21.  

"Seeing Between the Lines: Imamura Shohei's Kuroi Ame (Black Rain)," Literature/Film Quarterly, 26.4 (1998): 304-12.  

"Nomadic Writers of Japan: Yoko Tawada and Minae Mizumura,” PAJLS, 2 (Summer 2001): 400-19.  

"Structures of Power: Oe Kenzaburo's "Shiiku,"" World Literature Today (Spring 2002): 37-48.  

"Beyond East and West: Tawada Yoko and Levy Hideo,” PAJLS, 3 (summer 2002): 23-37.  

“Tawada Yoko’s World of Exophony: Japan and Germany” (book chapter)--forthcoming  

 

Other Publications:

"Biography of Osamu Dazai," in Cyclopedia of World Authors II (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1989), 411-3. 

"Biography of Fumiko Enchi," in Cyclopedia of World Authors II (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1989), 499-500. 

Review of Literary Relations East and West: Selected Essays, edited by Jean Toyama and Nobuko Ochner, in Monumenta Nipponica 47.4 (Winter 1992): 537-9.  

Review of Bodies of Memory: Narratives of War in Postwar Japanese Culture, 1945-1970, by Igarashi Yoshikuni, in American Historical Review (December 2001): 1748-49.  

 

Work in Progress:

Exophony Writers of Japan (book) 

“Memories in Kazuo Ishiguro’s early works”  

 


 

Conference Presentations

"Hiroshima from Japan, America, and France," American Comparative Literature Association, March 1990. 

"The Politics of Form: Oe Kenzaburo's The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away and Günter Grass's The Tin Drum," Association for Asian Studies, April 1991. 

"The Destruction of Monuments: Mishima Yukio's The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half Past Nine," American Comparative Literature Association, April 1992. 

"The Form of the Diary: Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain and Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries," American Comparative Literature Association, March 1993. 

"Rewriting History: Christa Wolf's Cassandra and Oba Minako's Urashimaso," International Comparative Literature Association, August 1994.  

"Novel into Film: Imamura Shohei's Black Rain," American Comparative Literature Association, March 1995.  

"Another Hiroshima in Oba Minako's Urashimaso," Association for Asian Studies, April 1995.  

"From Destruction to Reproduction: Re-visioning Female Sexuality in Oba Minako's Funakuimushi and Urashimaso," Association for Asian Studies, April 1996.  

"Empires and Aftermaths: Narrative as Counter-Memory of Wartime Germany and Japan in the Works of Günter Grass and Oe Kenzaburo," American Comparative Literature Association, April 1997.  

"Circulation of Power in Oe Kenzaburo's 'Shiiku,'" Southern Comparative Literature Association conference, September 1997.  

“Narrative as Counter-Memory of World War II: Cries of Innocence in the Works of Elie Wiesel and Oe Kenzaburo,” American Comparative Literature Association, March 1998.  

"Living in Two Cultures: Oba Minako's Urashimaso and Tears of A Princess," Association for Asian Studies, March 1999.  

"Multiculturalism toward Millennium: Tawada Yoko's Hybrid World," The New Europe at the Crossroads, Part III, Conference, Berlin, Germany, July 1999.  

"Living in Two Cultures: Yoko Tawada and Minae Mizumura," American Comparative Literature Association, February 2000.  

"To be Continued. . . : Postwar Writing in Germany and Japan," co-organizer and panel chair, The War, Defeat and Collective Memory: the Debate on National Identity in Post War Germany and Japan Conference, November 2000.  

Nomadic Writers of Japan: Tawada and Mizumura" Association for Japanese Literary Studies conference, November, 2000.  

"The 'new' Japanese Literature: Transnationalism and Heterogeneity," American Comparative Literature Association, April, 2001. 

"Beyond East and West: Tawada Yoko and Levy Hideo," Association for Japanese Literary Studies conference, November 2001. 

”Transnational Identities: Tawada in Germany and Levy in Japan,” American Comparative Literature Association, April 2002.  

"Tawada Yoko’s World of Exophony: Japan and Germany," Yoko Tawada Symposium, University of Kentucky, March 2004

 


 

Grants

a. Grants received

IAH grant at Penn State for the Colloquy on Asia in the Era of Globalization, 2003-2005

NEH grants for The Asian Diaspora, 2002-2003, Spring 2002

Short-Term Research Fellowship, the Japan Foundation, Spring 2003

Ford “Broader-Crossing in the Regions” grant, AAS/NEAC, Spring 2002

IAHS grant at Penn State for Summer 2001

DAAD, Study Visit Grant for July 2000.

Global Funds at Penn State for July 2000

Northeast Asia Council Research within U.S. grant, May 1999

University of Michigan Asia Library Travel grant, May 1999

Global Funds at Penn State, Summer 1999

RGSO grant at Penn State, 1995

IAHS grant at Penn State for the Oe Kenzaburo Symposium, 1995

Northeast Asia Council grant, 1994

Grants for Travel to International Meetings, American Council of Learned Societies, 1994

Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO), travel grant, 1994

Research Initiation Grant at Penn State, one course release time for Spring 1993

Alumni Faculty Fellowship at Penn State, 1993

NEH Travel to Collections, 1993

Northeast Asia Council grant, 1992

IAHS grant at Penn State, 1992

Travel grant from the Harvard-Yenching Library, 1992

Travel grant from the Harvard-Yenching Library, 1990 

 


 

Service:

(D) Japanese Faculty Search Committee, chair; Chinese Faculty Search Committee, member; Strategic Plan Committee, member; Peer Teaching Reviews; CLS Editorial Committee, associate editor; Coordinator for the Japanese Curriculum; Graduate Students Committee; and Supervision of a full-time instructor, a part-time instructor, and TAs  

(C)
AD14 Review Committee, member; The East Asian Studies Committee, member; Liberal Arts Faculty Senator 

(U) Faculty Senator (2002-2004); Assisted with acquisition of book and movies for the Japanese/Asian Collection at Pattee library 

 


 

Public Lectures (Invited):

Key note Speaker for Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference for graduate students, "Germany & the Imagined East," University of California, Berkeley, March 2004  

"Transnationalism and Heterogeneity" Kobe Women's University, May 2003 

“Asian American Writers in the United States,” discussant, Asian American Writers Association, Japan, Kobe, May 2003.  

"The New Japanese Literature: Transnationalism and Heterogeneity,” IAH Luncheon, PSU, Spring 2002 

"Narrative as Counter Memory: Postwar Writing in Germany and Japan," University of Pittsburgh, April, 2000  

"Grotesque Worlds: Günter Grass and Oe Kenzaburo," Comparative Literature Luncheon, Penn State, November, 1993  

 


 

Awards

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Comp Lit., Penn State, Spring 2004

Choice of the 1999 Academic Book Award  

 

Professional Memberships

American Comparative Literature Association

Association for Asian Studies

Association for Japanese Literary Studies

Association of Teachers of Japanese