Professor Tsen earned his doctorate in comparative literature and Asian studies from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from The State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton.
He teaches courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies.
Prior to coming to Carthage, he was a post-doctoral teaching fellow of comparative literature at Penn State, where he taught Chinese language and comparative literature classes. His research centers around the question of “collectivity,” the ideas of being together, as they are imagined in Asian novels and popular cultures that emerged after the late 1970s.
Prof. Tsen’s other fields of teaching and research include modern Chinese and Japanese literature, Asian and European film, Asian American literature, critical theory, and literary theory.
Professor Tsen earned his doctorate in comparative literature and Asian studies from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from The State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton. He teaches courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies.
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
- Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies - Penn State (2016)
- M.A. in Comparative Literature - SUNY, Binghamton (2010)
- B.A. in Journalism - National Cheng-chi University (2008)
- CHNS 3010: Intermediate Chinese I
- CHNS 3020: Intermediate Chinese II
- JPN 1010: Introductory Japanese I (MLA)
- JPN 1020: Introductory Japanese II (MLA)
Professor Tsen’s research interests include:
- Modern and contemporary Chinese and Japanese literature
- Sinophone literatures from China, Taiwan, and Malaysia
- Asian and European film
- Asian American literature and culture
- Pedagogical theories and practices
- Global postsocialisms
- The history of Marxist and anarchist ideas
- Literary theories with a particular focus on form, materiality, and history
- Multiculturalisms in the U.S. and beyond
Grants and Awards
- 2017 Professional Development Grant - Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research, Pennsylvania State University
- 2016 Janssen Family Fund in Asian Studies - College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University
- 2015 Fellow of the Center for Global Studies - Pennsylvania State University
- 2011 Teaching Moderator at the Summer School of Transcultural Theory - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
- 2010 Keith R. Karako Program Fund in Asian Studies - College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University
- Review of Transpacific Community: The Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network, by Richard Jean So, Comparative Literature Studies Vol 57.1, 2019.
- “After the Commune: Postsocialist Collectivity, the Commodity, and Mo Yan’s People.” MCLC: Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Vol.28, Number 1, Spring 2017. Karatani, Kojin.
- “History as Museum: Okakura Tenshin and Ernest Fenollosa.” In Nation and Aesthetics, ed. Jonathan Abel and Hiroki Yoshikuni. Oxford University Press, June 2017.
- “Revisiting Said’s ‘Secular Criticism’: Anarchism, Enabling Ethics, and Oppositional Ethics.” With Charles R. Wesley in The Geocritical Legacies of Edward Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature, ed. Robert T. Tally Jr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 101-125. Wang, Xiaoming.
- “Toward a Great Unity: Theories of Subjectivity in China and the Early Decades of the Modern Era.” Social Text 30.1 (Spring 2012): 143-157.
Presentations and Performances
- “The Bureaucrat Class: Mao, Tito, Ceaușescu, and Theories of Power in Actually Existed Socialisms”, at the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies. San Francisco, November 23-26, 2019.
- “Mapping Early Japanese Anarchism: The Travels of Kotoku Shusui, Osugi Sakae, and Yamaga Taiji”, at the ASIANetwork. San Diego, April 12-14, 2019.
- “Kyoto U, Four Tatami Rooms, and Nights at the Ramen Stand: Postsocialist Specters in Morimi Tomohiko’s The Tatami Galaxy”, at the American Comparative Literature Association. Georgetown, March 7-10, 2019.
- “Art Can’t Go On, Art Must Go On: Exhaustion Cycles in East Asian Activism”, at the “Art, Politics, & Collective Action in East Asia” undergraduate seminar, invited by Jennifer Dorothy Lee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, November 5, 2018.
- “Teaching Gender Equality and Romantic Ambiguity with The King’s Avatar” at the “Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Cultural Literacy in Chinese and Japanese Language Instruction” roundtable,” organizer & presenter, Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers annual conference, Appleton, WI, November 1-3, 2018.
- “Capital Realism’s Imperial Eye: Imaginaries of the Global South in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Goodbye, South, Goodbye”, in “Imagining the End of Capitalism in the Global South” Seminar, co-organized by Carlos M. Amador, Dorian Lee Jackson and Darwin H. Tsen, Association of the Arts in the Present (ASAP) annual conference, New Orleans, October 17-21, 2018.
- “Fantastic Exchanges: The Global South in Zhang Yueran’s Birds of Vows.” European Association for Chinese Studies, Glasgow, University of Glasgow, August 29-September 1, 2018.
- “Marxism as Mental Illness: Immunization, Necropolitics, and Socialism’s Afterlives in Luo Yijun’s Nativity of the Zodiacs.” Marxist Reading Group Annual Conference, Gainesville, University of Florida, March 23-24, 2018.