William Fleming

William Fleming
Assistant Professor / East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies


Early Modern Japanese Literature


Ph.D., Harvard University


William Fleming specializes in early modern Japanese literature. His primary interest is in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction and the popular stage, in particular the representation of and engagement with unfamiliar cultures, whether those of rural Japan, Japan’s geographical peripheries, or overseas. He is currently completing a book manuscript in which he 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.