John Whittier Treat is Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale University, Connecticut, United States, where he teaches Japanese literature and culture. He was co-editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies. He has published numerous essays and several books on Japan-related topics. In 2008, he discussed his work with Peter Shea at the University of Minnesota.
He received his BA, from Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1975, and his MA and PhD from Yale University in 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Pools of water, pillars of fire: the literature of Ibuse Masuji (1988)
Yoshimoto Banana Writes Home: Shojo Culture and the Nostalgic Subject (1993)
Contemporary Japan and popular culture (1995)
Writing ground zero: Japanese literature and the atomic bomb (1995)
Great mirrors shattered: homosexuality, orientalism, and Japan (1999)
Japanese writers and the Second World War (2005)
Other published writing
Studies in Modern Japanese Literature: Essays and Translations in Honor of Edwin McClellan with Alan Tansman and Dennis Washburn, eds. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, (1997). ISBN 0-939512-84-X