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University of Pittsburgh


Charles Exley

Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese

Literature and Film


Office Location

113A OEH
Phone: 412-648-4025
Fax: 412-624-3458

Office Hours

Spring 2015: Tuesday, 12:00-2:00 and by appointment


  • Ph.D., Japanese literature, Yale University
  • 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 forthcoming book draws on avariety of discourses of interwar Japan (medical, colonial, historical, andpopular) in order to examine the role of mental states in Satō Haruo's fiction.