Joseph R Allen

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Chinese Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Curriculum Vitae


  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Taipei City
  • Chinese poetry and poetics
  • Colonialist Photography
Courses Taught
  • ALL 3361W - Maps, Pictures and Writing in the Representation of Taiwan
  • ALL 5261 - The Work of Translation: Theory, Function & Practice
  • ALL 3334 - Voices from Ancient China: The Book of Songs and the Songs of the South
  • ALL 3334 - Writing (in) East Asian Cutures
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Asian Languages and Literatures: 2013
  • Director of Chinese Flagship, University of Minnesota: 2014
  • Director, Consortium for the Study of the Asias: Title VI, NRC , 2006
  • Founding Chair, Asian Languages and Literatures: 2000 - 2008
  • Chair of Executive Committee, East Asia Before 1900. Modern Language Association, : 2011
  • National Editorial Board, Texts and Translations, Modern Language Association: 2006 - 2010
  • Director, Chinese Language Flagship, University of Minnesota:


  • Colonial Photography: Examination of early Japanese colonial photography in Taiwan in terms of ideological and ethnic constructions
  • Chinese Literature Textbooks in the Twentieth Century: The role of the high-school Chinese Literature textbook in the formation of a shared set of canonical texts in popular culture, in China, Taiwan, and abroad. Funded by Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the University Minnesota Imagine Fund.
  • "Picturing Gentlemen: Japanese Portrait Photography in Colonial Taiwan." Journal of Asian Studies, November, 2014, 1009-1042.
  • Taipei: City of Displacements. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012. Winner of the Joseph Levenson Prize in Chinese Studies, Post 1900, 2014. Image
  • “From Literature to Lingerie: Classical Chinese Poetry in Taiwan Popular Culture.“Popular Culture in Taiwan: Charismatic Modernity. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, 65-85.
  • "Why Learning to Write Chinese Characters is a Waste of Time: A Modest Proposal." Foreign Language Annals.. 41.2 (Summer, 2008), 237-51.
  • Sea of Dreams: The Selected Writings of Gu Cheng. Translated and Edited. Allen, Joseph, New York: New Directions Publishers, Author, 2005.
  • “Taipei Park: Signs of Occupation": Allen, Joseph, Journal of Asian Studies, 66.1 (2007) 159-99.
  • “Mapping Taipei: Representation and Ideology“: Allen, Joseph, Studies on Asia, II, 2.2 (Fall 2005) 5-80, plus illustrations. Link
  • The Book of Songs. Edited with Additional Translations and Postface. Translated by Arthur Waley. New York: Grove Press, 1996. Revised 2000.
  • College of Liberal Arts Dean's Medal, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • Center for Chinese Studies Fellowship, National Library, Minister of Foreign Affairs., 2012
  • Faculty Research Grant, Ministry of Education, Taiwan., 2009
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 1999