M.W. Shores・M.W.ショアーズ

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

He began his career at Cambridge, where he oversaw modern Japanese literature and translation units and served as examiner for premodern Japanese language and literature units. He was also a Governing Body Fellow and Director of East Asian Studies at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. He is now a lecturer in Japanese at The University of Sydney.

He has supervised students of all levels, undergraduate to PhD, and taught units on modern/contemporary Japanese literature, East Asian cinema, Japanese theatre and cultural history, Edo-period literature and culture, classical Japanese, modern Japanese language, translation, and academic writing. He has a PhD in Japanese literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His master’s degrees are from Tezukayama University and Portland State University.

Each summer he directs an intensive three-week summer programme in Kyoto called Traditional Theatre 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. He also serves as associate editor for the Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia and Japan area editor for Asian Theatre Journal.

Shores is a native of Oregon and has spent over ten years in Japan for research and other training. In his free time he enjoys 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。



海外から訪れる方が日本の伝統芸能(能、狂言、日本舞踊)を濃密に体験することの出来る、京都・トラディショナル・シアター・トレーニング(T.T.T.)のプログラムディレクター。『Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia』の副編集長。『Asian Theatre Journal』の日本関連編集者。