BA: University of Toronto (’07)
PhD: Columbia University (’16)
Early modern and modern Japanese literature and intellectual history; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century popular Japanese narrative fiction (gesaku); print culture, journalism, and the public sphere; travelogue, exoticism, and the fantastic; translation and adaptation; genre formation; comparative philology and language reform; media history and theory; narratology and rhetorical analysis.
Despite hailing from Upstate New York, Charles Woolley headed north to receive his B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto (2007), after the completion of which he was briefly repatriated before being granted the opportunity to research the development, establishment and institutionalization of the ‘family restaurant’ format within popular culinary culture in Japan under the auspices of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (2007-2008). In 2008, he was admitted to Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Japanese Literature where he continues to explore his interests in the processes of trans-contextual translation and adaptation between the ‘West’ and Japan and their roles in the construction and elaboration of new linguistic and discursive idioms in the early twentieth century.