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Jeffrey Angles

Jeffrey Angles

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 Jeffrey Angles is an associate professor at Western Michigan University, where he directs the Japanese language program. Much of Angles’ recent academic work focuses on historical studies of ideology within Japanese literature. His book Writing the Love of Boys: Origins of Bishōnen Culture in Japanese Modernist Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) explores representations of same-sex love in early twentieth-century Japanese poetry and prose. Among his other critical work, Angles has also produced commentary for the DVD of Mizoguchi Kenji's Sansho the Bailiff, published by the Criterion Collection.  Currently, his main research focuses on the changing notions of translation in modern Japan.  He is particularly interested in the ways that literary translation has spurred prose and poetic development both in and outside Japan.

Prof. Angles is also a prominent translator of modern Japanese literature.  His many translations of include the books Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems of Hiromi Itō (Action Books, 2009) and Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimako (University of California Press, 2010) which was selected to receive both the 2009 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for the Translation of Japanese Literature and the 2011 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.  His current translation project, the memoirs of the writer Takahashi Mutsuo, will be published by University of Minnesota Press in 2012.  His translation projects have earned grants from the PEN Club of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other recent projects include co-editing the short story anthology Japan: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Berkeley: Whereabouts Press, 2006), for which he was interviewed on a national broadcast of "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio. For a list of Angles’ major publications, click here.

Dr. Angles’ lifelong interest in Japan and Japanese literature began when he went to Yamaguchi Prefecture in southwestern Japan as a fifteen-year old exchange student.  Since then, he has gone to Japan multiple times, spending several years working and studying in various cities, including Saitama City, Kobe, and Kyoto. 



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