Elizabeth Oyler


2728 Cathedral of Learning

F: 412-624-3458


  • PhD, Japanese, Stanford University, 1999
  • MA, Japanese, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
  • BA, Japanese with a Certificate in Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1988


  Swords, Oaths and Prophetic VIsionsSwords, Oaths and Prophetic Visions: Authoring Warrior Rule in Medieval Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006.

  Like Clouds or MistsLike Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Noh Plays of the Genpei War. Cornell East Asia Series, 2014. Co-editor, with Michael G. Watson.

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Monday & Wednesday 12:00-1:00 and by appointment.


My research is motivated by a fascination with the way historical and cultural memory are represented in literature and performing arts from Japan’s medieval period, particularly the fifteenth century. My first book focused Japan’s most famous military tale, The Tales of the Heike, exploring its connections to and influences on both the writing and performing of the early age of Japan’s first shogunate. I am currently working on a book-length study of noh drama, specifically how the staging of a set of plays by early playwrights simultaneously codify and undermine spaces of the poetic and social landscapes of the early fifteenth-century.