Charles Exley


2733 Cathedral of Learning

F: 412-624-3458


  • Ph.D., Japanese literature, Yale University


Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature (Brill, 2016)

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Sabbatical leave


My work is motivated by a desire to add more visual and cultural history to traditional literary history. I enjoy exploring large theoretical questions about the nature of modernity and postmodernity, experimental poetry and poetics, mass culture from rakugo to advertising, and visual arts and film. My first book, Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature (Brill 2016), draws on a variety of discourses of interwar Japan (medical, colonial, historical, and popular) in order to examine the role of mental states in Satō Haruo's fiction.