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Arthur Robert Lee, is a British professor of American Literature at Nihon University. [1]



His boyhood was spent in Manchester before moving on to a BA in English from University College London in 1963. He received a research MA from King's College London in 1965, with a thesis on Herman Melville, and holds a Ph.D from the University of Kent, UK. From 1967 until 1996 he taught at the University of Kent. In 1997 he moved to a Chair of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. He has held frequent visiting fellowships and professorships in the United States -- to include Princeton, the University of Virginia, Bryn Mawr College, Northwestern University, the University of Colorado, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico. From 2000-2007 he was Annual Visiting Professor in American Studies at Sunderland University. He has been a broadcaster with BBC radio, the Spanish Open University, ORF, NPR and PBS. [2]


  • May 2005 Visiting Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • 2004 American Book Award for Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions
  • 1981-1982 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • Summer, 1976 Newberry Library Research Fellow, Chicago
  • 1965-66 English-Speaking Union Research Fellow, Princeton University


Modern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics. Routledge, 2010.

Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction. Rodopi, 2009.

United States: Re-Viewing American Multicultural Literature. University of Valencia Press, 2009.

The Salt Companion to Jim Barnes. ed. Salt Publishing, 2009.

China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story. ed. Rodopi, 2008.

Japan Textures: Sight and Word. With Mark Gresham. Fuzambo International, 2007.

Guest Editor. Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Vol. 8: 3, 2006.

Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions. University of Edinburgh Press and University Press of Mississippi, 2003. Japanese version, Fuzambo International. Trans. Kimitaka Hara and Yuko Noro, 2010.

Herman Melville: Critical Assessments (4 Vols). ed. Helm Publications, 2001.

Ethnics Behaving Badly: U.S. Multicultural Narratives. Working Papers in Cultural Studies, Departrment of Comparative American Cultures, Washington State University, 2001.

Loosening The Seams: Interpretations of Gerald Vizenor. ed. Bowling Green State University Press/University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

Postindian Conversations. With Gerald Vizenor. University of Nebraska Press. 1999, 2003.

Old Worlds, New Worlds: Comparative Theatre. ed. with Vicki Ooi. Taylor and Francis, 1999.

Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America. Pluto Press, 1998.

The Beat Generation Writers. ed. Pluto Press, 1996.

Making America, Making American Literature: Franklin to Cooper. ed. with W.M. Verhoeven, Rodopi, 1996.

Other Britain, Other British: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction. ed. Pluto Press, 1995.

Shadow Distance: A Gerald Vizenor Reader. ed. Wesleyan Press/University of New England Press, 1994.

A Permanent Etcetera: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Post-War America. ed. Pluto Press, 1993.

Herman Melville, Typee. Everyman Edition. ed. J.M. Dent/Charles Tuttle, 1993.

Herman Melville, Billy Budd and Other Stories. Everyman Edition. ed. J.M. Dent/Charles Tuttle, 1993.

William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Fiction. ed. Vision Press, 1991.

Tensions and Transitions (1869-1990): The Mediating Imagination. ed. with Michael Irwin and Mark Kinkead-Weekes, Faber and Faber, 1990.

The American Novella. ed. Vision Press, 1989.

Scott Fitzgerald: The Promises of Life. ed. Vision Press, 1989.

First Person Singular: Studies in American Autobiography. ed. Vision Press, 1988.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Design of Order. ed. Vision Press, 1987.

The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story. ed. Vision Press, 1985.

Nineteenth-Century American Poetry. ed. Vision Press, 1985.

Herman Melville: Reassessments. ed. Vision Press, 1984.

Black American Fiction Since Richard Wright. British Association of American Studies Pamphlet. No.11, 1983.

Ernest Hemingway: New Critical Essays. ed. Vision Press, 1983.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: New Critical Essays. ed. Vision Press, 1982.

Black Fiction: New Studies in the Afro-American Novel Since 1945. ed. Vision Press. 1980.

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, ed. Everyman Edition. J.M. Dent/Orion, 1973, 1992, 1993.


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