Jeffrey Angles

Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor of Japanese
Advisor of Japanese
Office: (269) 387-3044
Fax: (269) 387-6333
419 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Mailing address
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
Office hours

Students whose last names begin with M through Z should see Dr. Jeffrey Angles: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. and by appointment.
Students whose last names begin with A through L should see Dr. Carlos Pimentel: Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Ph.D., Japanese Literature, The Ohio State University, 2004
Research, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto), 2000-02
M.A., Japanese Literature, The Ohio State University, 1997
B.A., International Studies and Japanese, The Ohio State University, 1993
Teaching interests
  • Gender in modern Japan
  • Japanese cultural history
  • Modern Japanese literary history and criticism
  • Translation practice and theory
Research interests
  • Gender in modern Japanese literature and culture
  • History of translation in modern Japan
  • Modern and comtemporary Japanese literature
Creative interests
  • Musical performance (piano)
  • Translating Japanese literature
  • Writing and giving performances of poetry

Dr. Jeffrey Angles is an associate professor and advisor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

Angles' lifelong interest in Japan and Japanese literature began when he went to southwestern Japan as a 15-year-old exchange student. Since then he has gone to Japan multiple times, spending many years working and studying in various cities including Saitama City, Kobe and Kyoto. Much of his critical work has focused on expressions of ideology within 20th century and 21st century literature and film from Japan, especially of the modernist era. His study of representations of same-sex desire in the literature of the interwar period was published in 2011.

Angles is also a prominent translator of modern Japanese literature, with several volumes of Japanese literature in translation to his name. His book "Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimako," published by the University of California Press, received 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. Other translation projects have earned grants from the PEN America and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has led translation courses and workshops at the University of Tokyo and the British Centre for the Art of Translation.