Dean of Language Schools and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies
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Stephen Snyder joined the Japanese Studies department at Middlebury in 2005 and became Dean of Language Schools in 2014.
His research focuses on modern and contemporary Japanese fiction, translation theory, and literary translation. He is the author of Fictions of Desire: Narrative Form in the Novels of Nagai Kafū and co-editor of Ōe and Beyond: Fiction in Contemporary Japan. He has translated works by Yōko Ogawa, Kenzaburō Ōe, Ryū Murakami, and Miri Yu, among others. His translations have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Granta.
He oversees the Middlebury Language Schools.