Asian Languages and Cultures

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Steve Ridgely, ALC Chair

1206 Van Hise Hall
(608) 262-1740
Areas of Expertise: 

modern Japanese literature, cultural theory, transasian studies


My plans to major in physics in college with a side interest in Japanese all went awry. Language and literature classes with Mariko Kaga and Kathryn Sparling sparked my interest in Japan and I spent junior year abroad on the Associated Kyoto Program (1994-95). I wrote a senior thesis on Terayama Shūji and graduated from Carleton College in 1996, then spent two years in Tokyo studying modern Japanese literature with Chiba Shunji at Waseda University (1996-98) on a fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. After two years in a graduate program in modern Japanese literature at the University of Washington in 1998, working with John Treat and Motoo Kobayashi, I transfered to Yale in 2000 to complete coursework. I returned to Waseda for dissertation research in 2002-04, then taught a year at Carleton and filed my dissertation in 2005. After a decade of work on Japanese counterculture, I have returned to themes from modern physics and mathematics as they intersect with 20th century Japanese literature and other arts.

Office Hours: 
Mondays 9:00-10:00 (Spring 2018)