William Fleming

William Fleming
Ph.D., Harvard University

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Specialization: Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, Theater Studies

Office: HSSB 2224

Office Hours: Mondays, 2-3 PM


William Fleming specializes in early modern Japanese literature. His primary research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction, popular theater, book history, and literary and cultural exchange with China and the West; his recent monograph examines aspects of the importation, circulation, reading, and adaptation of Chinese fiction in early modern Japan. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Harvard University and has spent time as a visiting researcher at Kyoto University, Waseda University, and the National Institute of Japanese Literature in Tokyo. Before joining the faculty at UCSB, he taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Theater Studies Program at Yale University.