Matthew Shores is a scholar of literary entertainment in early modern and modern Japan. He has spent more than ten years in Japan, where he conducted research, pursued a graduate degree, and trained in the performing arts. He informally apprenticed under Japanese comic storytelling (rakugo) masters and has experience in other genres including dance, noh, kyogen, kabuki, and shamisen. His academic work to date has been connected in one way or another to rakugo and its precursors, or Edo-period street performance/ spectacle (misemono) and comic literature. His book manuscript, tentatively titled Osaka Rakugo: Comic Storytelling in Japan’s Cultural Heartland, is currently being reviewed by a major academic press.
Since January 2015 Shores has been a Lecturer (assistant professor) in Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. He teaches Japanese literature and text reading courses, Japanese cultural history, and co-teaches a class on East Asian film. Matthew is currently in charge of managing and writing grants to fund the East Asia Seminar Series, which hosts numerous scholars from around the world each year. He is a Fellow and Director of East Asian Studies at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. He was awarded a PhD in Japanese Literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2014 and has master’s degrees from Portland State University and Tezukayama University.
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