Charlotte Eubanks

Charlotte Eubanks

Department Head
Professor of Comparative Literature, Japanese, and Asian Studies
452 Burrowes Bldg.
(814) 863-4933

Office Hours: Spring 2024

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. (noon) Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Or by appointment


PhD, University of Colorado, 2005
MA, Indiana University, 1999
BA, University of Georgia, 1993

Professional Bio

I am interested in material culture, performance studies, and book history with a focus on Japanese and Buddhist literature from the medieval period to the present. My first research area examines transnational (or prenational) Buddhism as a major literary force and as, simultaneously, a set of techniques and concepts for cultivating mind. The basic questions I’ve worked on here are: What does it mean to read a religious text? And, in what ways might literature be understood to map or record the workings of a mind? My second research area looks at transformations in visual culture as related to ideologies of colonization and war. The basic question I’m working on here is: How can art generally, and the museum specifically, be activated as a site of ethical engagement? My articles have appeared in Asian Folklore Studies, Book History, The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, PMLA, postmedieval, and Word & Image, among other places. I am an Associate Editor at Verge: Studies in Global Asias and in-coming Coeditor-in-Chief at postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies.

I teach graduate level courses on global Japanese literature, sound studies, visual culture, book history, and global premodern theory. At the undergraduate level I teach courses on world literature, graphic novels, reading practice, and Japanese language and visual culture.



  • Global Asias
  • Visual Culture
  • Literary Buddhism
  • Literary Theory from the Global East and South


The Art of Persistence: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan
The Art of Persistence: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan
 (University of Hawai’i Press, 2021.)