Charles Exley

  • Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature and Film; Associate Director of Film and Media Studies
  • Estuary: Visuality & Textuality, Historical Memory, Performance, Translation, Language, Medical & Digital Humanities

Office Hours

Spring 2019: Tuesday 11-1:00


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Japanese Literature, Yale University

Representative Publications

Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature (Brill, 2016)

Old Crimes, New Scenes (Merwin Asia, 2018), co-edited with Michael Tangeman. Listen to an interview with the editors here.