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


Stephen Miller

Associate Professor of Japanese
Program Director *until Summer2016

Contact Information

Location: Herter 336
Phone:(413) 545-0208


Courses taught

Japanese 556 Introduction to Classical Japanese Language I
Japanese 557 Introduction to Classical Japanese Language II
Japanese 597/660 Problems and Methods in Translation
Japanese 392M/592M Japanese Buddhism and the Literary Arts
Japanese 197N Asian Homosexualities in Film and Literature
Japanese 197T A Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature to 1600
Japanese 393A Heian Literary Culture
Japanese 297D Medieval Japanese Literature in Translation


Ph.D., Japanese Language and Literature, UCLA, 1993
M.A., Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, 1982
B.A., Japanese Language and Literature, Ohio State University, 1971


Stephen Miller received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Japanese language and literature. Research interests include classical Japanese poetry and prose, medieval waka, Japanese Buddhism, translation, and gay/queer studies. His book—The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period—is forthcoming from the Cornell East Asia Series (2012). He has also published translations and edited a collection of Japanese same-sex literature called Partings at Dawn (1996).

Research Interests

Japanese pre-modern literature, waka of the Heian and Kamakura periods, Buddhism and Buddhist literature, gay/queer studies