John Treat

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Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages & Literatures

B.A., Amherst College, 1975
M.A., Yale University, 1979
Ph.D., Yale University, 1982

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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 teaches 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 and the University of New South Wales.  He has served as EALL Department chair and Director of Graduate Studies, is a member of the Executive Council of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and currently chairs 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 two book projects now underway are a history of modern Japanese literature (The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature) and a study of pro-Japanese Korean intellectuals under Japanese occupation (Too Close to the Sun).  His graduate students have gone on to tenure-track positions at Princeton, Dartmouth, Minnesota, Kentucky, William and Mary, Utah, Grinnell, Wisconsin, Montana, Hamilton and Simon Fraser.

John Treat will be on leave spring semester 2014, and retiring at the end of that semester.