Matthew (Matt) Wayne Shores is a scholar of early modern and modern Japanese literary arts. Much of his work to date has focused on modern comic storytelling (rakugo) and its Edo-period precursors, literary and otherwise. He recently completed a book manuscript, tentatively titled Osaka Rakugo: Comic Storytelling in Japan’s Cultural Heartland. Currently, he is a visiting assistant professor of Japanese literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado Boulder.
A native of Oregon, Shores has spent more than ten years in Japan, where he pursued a graduate degree and conducted research. He began his career (three years) as a visiting assistant professor at Cambridge, where he was in charge of Japanese literature and translation courses. He was also a Governing Body Fellow and Director of East Asian Studies at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. He has advised students of all levels, undergraduate to Ph.D., and has taught courses on classical Japanese, Edo-period literature and culture, modern/contemporary Japanese literature, Japanese theater and cultural history, East Asian cinema, and academic writing. He has a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2014) and master’s degrees from Tezukayama University and Portland State University.