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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Stephen M. Forrest

Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Advisor (Japanese); Exchange Program Director (Japanese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 441
Phone: (413) 545-4950
Email: sforrest at


Courses taught

Japanese 144 Premodern and modern Japanese literature
Japanese 197M Study abroad - Japan
Japanese 391G Junior year writing
Japanese 497 Readings in Modern Japanese
Japanese 532 & 533 Media Japanese I & II
Japanese 556 & 557 Classical Japanese I & II
Japanese 570 Research in Japanese sources
Japanese 597A Manuscript Japanese
Japanese 691 Graduate Seminar


Ph. D., Harvard University, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (Japanese Literature).
B.A. (Hons) Oriental Studies (Japanese), University of Oxford.


Teaching Japanese literature and language at UMass Amherst since 1998. Responsibilities include pre-modern and modern language and literature, with a special focus on premodern scripts (kuzushiji 崩し字 and hentaigana 変体仮名). Doctoral dissertation, "The model life of an eccentric poet: Nōin Hōshi and Nōin shū" (2005).

Research Interests

Aside from two main current projects (developing my doctoral dissertation into a book and completing a translation project introducing several gôkan 合卷 to English readers), I pursue research in classical Japanese poetry collections and poetic theory; Edo print culture; the literature of travel in pre-modern Japan; the use of manuscript and authentic texts in language pedagogy; and the literature and culture of Hokkaidō.