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Matthieu Felt

Assistant Professor of Japanese
Ph. D., Columbia University in the city of New York

Office Hours — Fall 2019

  • Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Interest

Premodern Japanese literature, history, and religion; Japanese mythology and its reception; canonization of Japanese literature; Classical Chinese writing in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam; 8th century Japanese poetry and prose; narrative and narratology.


Matthieu Felt teaches courses on Japanese literature and culture. After receiving his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University in 2017, he spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. His dissertation traces the reception of Japan’s first official history, the 720 Nihon shoki, from classical to modern eras. He is currently preparing a monograph tentatively titled The Beginning and End of Japanese Mythology that uses the varying interpretations of mythical texts to identify changing epistemes and worldviews in pre-modern and early modern Japan. His most recent publications are (in Japanese) “Shiratori Kurakichi to Tsuda Sōkichi no shinwa ninshiki,” in Tsuda Sōkichi to Ajia no jinbungaku 4 (Waseda daigaku bungaku gakujutsuin, February 2018) and (in English) the introduction and translation of “Tale of the Dirt Spider,” in Monsters and the Fantastic: A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Fiction, ed. Keller Kimbrough et al. (Columbia University Press, February 2018).