Associate Professor and Advisor of Japanese
Japanese Literature and Translation Studies
Office: (269) 387-3044
Office hours: 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
419 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5338 USA
B.A. International Studies & Japanese, The Ohio State University, 1993
M.A. Japanese Literature, The Ohio State University, 1997
Research, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto), 2000-2002
Ph.D. Japanese Literature, The Ohio State University, 2004
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.
Dr. Angles is the director of the Japanese language program, and the principal contact for students wishing to study abroad in Japan. In addition to Japanese language courses, he teaches courses on comparative and Japanese literature, comparative literature, and translation theory.
Much of Dr. Angles’ work has focused on expressions of ideology within twentieth-century popular literature and film from Japan, especially of the modernist era. He earned his Ph.D. with a study of representations of same-sex desire in the literature of the interwar period, which he developed into a monograph published in 2011.
Other current research interests have to do with the ways that literary translation in Japan has spurred literary development both inside and outside of Japan. The International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan invited him to come as a visiting professor in 2009-2010 to conduct a major research project on the cultural history of translation.
Dr. Angles is also a prominent translator of modern Japanese literature. His translations 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. His translation projects have earned grants from the PEN Club of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Angles has published many other translations in other anthologies, including the following.
For a more complete account of Dr. Angles’ classes, articles, translations, and research activities, please visit his personal webpage.