John Whittier Treat, a native of New Haven, joined the Yale faculty in 1999 after teaching for eighteen years at the University of Washington, Berkeley, Stanford and Texas. He has been Professor Emeritus at Yale since 2014. He continues to teach courses in modern Japanese literature and criticism, and occasionally Korean studies and LGBT studies. In recent years he has had visiting appointments at Seoul National University, the University of Oslo and the University of New South Wales. At Yale he has served as the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department chair and Director of Graduate Studies, is affiliated faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and has chaired Yale's LGBT Studies Committee. Treat has held elective office in the Association of Asian Studies and the Modern Language Association, and he edited the Journal of Japanese Studies for ten years. His essays have appeared in positions, PMLA, the ,Journal of Asian Studies, the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, ,boundary 2, and Gendai Shiso,. His 1995 book Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb, won the John Whitney Hall Prize and has recently been translated into Japanese.

His two current book projects include a history of modern Japanese literature (Governing Metaphors: The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature) and a study of Korean intellectuals under Japanese occupation (Too Close to the Sun). He has recently completed his first novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House and is at work on a second, First Consonants. His graduate students have gone on to tenure-track positions at Princeton, Dartmouth, Minnesota, Kentucky, William and Mary, Utah, Grinnell, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Berkeley, Oregon, Montana, Macalester,Hamilton, Iowa and Simon Fraser.

Selected Works

A history of modern Japanese literature from the nineteenth century to the present.
The first history of Japan's literary and cultural response to the unprecedented use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
A novel about gay lives in 1980s Seattle
John, a teacher living in Tokyo, encounters AIDS panic in 1980s Japan.

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