Stephen M. Forrest
441 Herter Hall
Steve Forrest has been 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). Ongoing translation and database projects focus on the print culture of the Edo period (especially visual-verbal popular texts).
Doctoral dissertation, "The model life of an eccentric poet: Nōin Hōshi and Nōin shū" (2005).
PhD, Harvard University, East Asian Languages & Civilizations (Japanese Literature).
BA (Hons) Oriental Studies (Japanese), University of Oxford.
- Edo-period print culture
- Literature of travel in pre-modern Japan
- Manuscript and authentic texts in language pedagogy and related digital humanities projects
- Classical Japanese poetry collections and poetic theory
- the literature and culture of Hokkaidō
Courses Recently Taught
Japanese 144: Premodern and modern Japanese literature
Japanese197M: Study abroad - Japan
Japanese 197P: Introduction to Contemporary Japan (summer course taught in Japan)
Japanese 297K & 397K: Elementary & Intermediate Kanji
Japanese 397T: Hokkaidō Summer Seminar (summer course taught in Japan)
Japanese 497C: Readings in Modern Japanese
Japanese 532: Media Japanese I
Japanese 556 & 557: Classical Japanese I & II
Japanese 570: Research in Japanese sources
Japanese 597A: Manuscript Japanese
Japanese 691A: Graduate Seminar
Proseminars on Edo period texts (recent topics: kaidan 怪談, gōkan 合巻)