Writer, editor and indie publisher, former tenured professor at a national Japanese university, Shizuoka University. I’ve taught at three Australian universities, Sydney, Macquarie and Wollongong, as well as Japanese business college. Areas I’ve lectured in include Literature, Drama and Theatre, Film, Arts Journalism, Media and Communication Studies, Popular Culture, Business English; and Human Resource Management and Strategic Business Studies. I hold a PhD from the University of Sydney, with a specialization in modern literature and critical theory.
I’ve edited two books, my own recent Tatami Days: Getting a Life in Japan (2018; 2020), published by Furin Chime, and Essentially Oriental: Selected Writings of R.H. Blyth (Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1994), in collaboration with Professor Kuniyoshi Munakata, Leader of the Noh Shakespeare Group of Japan, celebrated for Noh realizations such as Noh Hamlet.
I worked as editor of an academic journal, Studies in Information, published in English and Japanese by Shizuoka University Faculty of Informatics. As a freelance editor, I have helped several writers develop books and research papers.
I have written many articles and reviews in media and academic publications such as the Australian newspaper, Australian Book Review, Australian Society, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio National’s Deep End), Education About Asia (Univ. Michigan), Persimmon: Asian Literature, Arts and Culture (New York), Samuel Beckett Today (Amsterdam and New York), the international Journal of Beckett Studies and Beckett Circle.
Michael Guest, PhD