m.w. shores・m.w.ショアーズ


Hi, my name is Matthew (Matt) Wayne Shores. I’m a scholar of early modern and modern Japanese literary arts and entertainment. Much of my work to date has focused on modern comic storytelling (rakugo) and its early-modern precursors, literary and otherwise. I recently completed a book manuscript, tentatively titled Kamigata Rakugo: Comic Storytelling in Japan’s Cultural Heartland.

I began my career at Cambridge, where I was in charge of modern Japanese literature and translation courses, and examiner for premodern Japanese language and literature courses. I was also a Governing Body Fellow and Director of East Asian Studies at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. In 2019, I joined the University of Sydney as a lecturer in Japanese studies.

I’ve advised students of all levels, undergraduate to Ph.D., and taught courses on modern/contemporary Japanese literature, East Asian cinema, Japanese theater and cultural history, Edo-period literature and culture, classical Japanese, modern Japanese language, translation, and academic writing. I have a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; my master’s degrees are from Tezukayama University and Portland State University.

Each summer I direct an intensive three-week summer program in Kyoto called Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.), which, with the help of professional practitioners, trains participants from around the globe in the arts of nō, kyōgen, and Nihon buyō. I also serve as Japan editor for Asian Theatre Journal.

I’m a native of Oregon and have spent over ten years in Japan for graduate school and research. In my free time I enjoy running, birdwatching, and caring for houseplants.

日本近世日本近世・近代文芸学者。 研究の大半は、落語および江戸時代の文学や芸能に関わる。現在、研究書『上方落語 日本文化中心部の滑稽な話芸』(予定) が大学出版局にて書評中。