Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Paul Anderer
Tyler received his B.A. in Japanese Studies from Middlebury College in 2008. Before coming to Columbia he worked as a translator in Hiroshima, Japan, before teaching Japanese language in Massachusetts and in his native Mississippi. Alongside his interest in ecocritical theory, the modern novel, and Japanese film, Tyler has focused on the relationship between country and city in twentieth century Japan. His dissertation explores the intersection of cultural production and radical political and social movements in the Japanese countryside during the early twentieth century. An avid cyclist and hiker, he often draws inspiration from long journeys through rural Japan.