search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Stephen MILLER

DF (1989), RF (1998)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
U. of Massachusetts Amherst
Assistant Professor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
56 Hillside Rd.
Address 2 (optional)
South Deerfield
Zip Code
United States
413 6653325
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Literature

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: Thanks to the Japan Foundation, I continue to work on Buddhist poetry in the early imperial poetry anthologies, with a special emphasis on the creation of the Shakkyō-ka book in the Senzaishū. With a co-translator we have translated over 120 waka from these anthologies which have recently appeared in various literary and translation journals. My manuscript on this topic is about to be sent out for review. I have also taken a keen interest in the intersections between cognitive science and literature, especially Buddhist poetry, trying to find some connection between the cognitive "discovery" of no self (which has finally caught up to the Buddha's teachings!) and composing Buddhist waka, which was considered a path to enlightenment in the medieval period. I also maintain interests in The Tale of the Heike, contemporary literary and Japanese gay/queer studies, and the historical construction of the field "Bukkyō bungaku."

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1993
Field: Literature
University: UCLA

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I would not be doing what I'm doing today without the enormous assistance of the Japan Foundation. Two fellowships (Dissertation and Research) allowed me to do in-depth research that I could never have accomplished in the U.S. I am extremely grateful!

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: Not particularly.