Bio


Research Areas:
- Japanese Poetry, Poetics, and Poetic Culture
- The Japanese Essay (zuihitsu)
- Travel Writing
- Historical Fiction
- The Relationship between the Social and the Aesthetic

Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Administrative Appointments


  • Wu Foundation Lectureship, Yale University (2004 - 2004)
  • Research Fellowship, National Institute of Japanese Literature (1999 - 2000)
  • Summer Research Fellow, College of Humanities, Brigham Young University (1982 - 1989)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hayes (1978 - 1979)
  • Regents Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1977 - 1978)
  • National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1974 - 1977)
  • Professor, Asian Languages, Stanford University (2003 - 2005)
  • Professor, University of California, Irvine (1990 - 1993)
  • Associate Professor, Brigham Young University (1985 - 1990)
  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University (1980 - 1985)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles (1979 - 1980)

Honors & Awards


  • Teacher of the Year, Humanities Associates, University of California, Irvine (1992)
  • Co-winner, Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize (1989)
  • Outstanding Teacher, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Brigham Young University (1988)
  • Presidential Scholarship, Brigham Young University (1971-1974)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for East Asian Studies

Professional Education


  • B.A., Brigham Young University, Major: Japanese Language and Literature, Minors: English and History (1974)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Oriental Languages (1977)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Oriental Languages (1980)

2016-17 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century Carter, S. D. New York: Columbia University Press. 2014
  • Waka in the Medieval Period: Patterns of Practice and Patronage The Cambrige History of Japanese Literature Carter, S. D. edited by Shirane, H. 2013
  • Renga The Cambrige History of Japanese Literature Carter, S. D. edited by Shirane, H. 2013
  • HAIKU BEFORE HAIKU: FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS TO BASHŌ Carter, S. D. New York: Columbia University Press. 2011
  • HOUSEHOLDERS: THE REIZEI FAMILY IN JAPANESE HISTORY Carter, S. D. 2007
  • Linked Verse: Selections from Sōgi’s East Country Dialogues, An Old Man’s Diversions, Three Poets at Minase, and New Tsukuba Collection Traditional Japanese Literature, Anthology: Beginnings to 1600 Carter, S. D. Columbia University Press. 2007
  • Selections from Nijō Yoshimoto’s Secret Notes on the Principles of Linking and The Tsukuba Collection Traditional Japanese Literature, Anthology: Beginnings to 1600 Carter, S. D. Columbia University Press. 2007
  • Travel as Poetic Practice in Medieval and Early Modern Japan Traditions of East Asian Travel Carter, S. D. New York: Berghan Books. 2006
  • Claiming the Past for the Present: Ichijō Kaneyoshi and Tales of Ise Rhetoric and the Discourses of Power in Court Culture, China, Europe, and Japan Carter, S. D. Seattle: The University of Washington Press. 2005: 94 - 116
  • Travel as Poetic Practice in Medieval and Early Modern Japan Journeys, The International Journel of Travel and Travel Writing Carter, S. D. 2004; 5 (1): 23-46
  • The making of Shinkokinshu (Book Review) JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 2003; 62 (2): 615-617
  • Selections from Flowers and the Moon Early Modern Japanese Literature Carter, S. D. edited by Shirane, H. Columbia University Press. 2002
  • JUST LIVING: POEMS BY THE MEDIEVAL MONK TONNA Carter, S. D. New York: Columbia University Press. 2002
  • Chats with the Master - Selections from 'Kensai Zodan' MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Carter, S. D. 2001; 56 (3): 295-347
  • Remodeling the Reizei House: The State of the Poetic Field in Eighteenth Century Japan Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal Carter, S. D. 2001; 9 (2): 30-39
  • Basho and the mastery of poetic space in 'Oko no hosomichi' JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY Carter, S. D. 2000; 120 (2): 190-198
  • The origins of Japan's medieval world: Courtiers, clerics, warriors, and peasants in the fourteenth century. (Book Review) JOURNAL OF JAPANESE STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1999; 25 (2): 412-417
  • The persistence of the personal in Late Medieval Uta HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Carter, S. D. 1999; 59 (1): 163-185
  • Daiei no honyaku: Ton’a no uta wo megutte (in Japanese) Carter, S. D. 1999: 1 - 22
  • Ichijô Kaneyoshi Medieval Japanese Writers Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 95-103
  • Saigyô Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 224-233
  • Shôtetsu Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 277-282
  • Ton’a Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 287-292
  • Jôha Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 125-129
  • Inô Sôgi Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 113-124
  • Introduction Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: xv-xxii
  • The Reizei Family Medieval Japanese Writers, Dictionary of Literary Biography Carter, S. D. Detroit: Burccoli, Clark, Layman. 1999: 217-223
  • Utamakura, allusion, and intertextuality in traditional Japanese poetry (Book Review) HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1998; 58 (2): 550-555
  • Traces of dreams: Landscape, cultural memory, and the poetry of Basho. (Book Review) JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1998; 57 (4): 1176-1178
  • REGENT REDUX: A LIFE OF THE STATESMAN-SCHOLAR ICHIJÔ KANEYOSHI Carter, S. D. 1997
  • Seeking What the Masters Sought: Masters, Disciples, and Poetic Enlightenment in Medieval Japan The Distant Isle: Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Robert H. Brower Carter, S. D. 1997: 35-58
  • UNFORGOTTEN DREAMS: POEMS BY THE ZEN MONK SHÔTETSU Carter, S. D. New York: Columbia University Press. 1997
  • On a bare branch: Basho and the haikai profession JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY Carter, S. D. 1997; 117 (1): 57-69
  • NOH DRAMA AND THE 'TALE OF GENJI' - THE ART OF ALLUSION IN 15 CLASSICAL PLAYS - GOFF,J (Book Review) HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1994; 54 (2): 567-571
  • A HISTORY OF JAPANESE LITERATURE, VOL 3, THE HIGH-MIDDLE-AGES - KONISHI,J (Book Review) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1993; 113 (4): 610-611
  • The End of a Year--The End of a Life As Well" Murasaki Shikibu's Farewell to the Shining One Approaches to Teaching Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji Carter, S. D. 1993: 124-131
  • Ichijô Kaneyoshi and the Literary Arts Literary Patronage in Late Medieval Japan Carter, S. D. 1993: 19-44
  • Introduction Literary Patronage in Late Medieval Japan Carter, S. D. 1993: 1 -17
  • LITERARY PATRONAGE IN LATE MEDIEVAL JAPAN edited by Carter, S. D. 1993
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH SHÔTETSU Carter, S. D., Brower, R. H. 1992
  • TRADITIONAL JAPANESE POETRY, AN ANTHOLOGY Carter, S. D. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1991
  • KYOGOKU,TAMEKANE - POETRY AND POLITICS IN LATE KAMAKURA JAPAN - HUEY,RN (Book Review) MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1990; 45 (3): 360-363
  • Selections from Essays in Idleness Classical Japanese Prose, An Anthology Carter, S. D. edited by McCullough, H. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1990: 393-421
  • WAITING FOR THE WIND: THIRTY-SIX POETS OF JAPAN'S LATE MEDIEVAL AGE Carter, S. D. New York: Columbia University Press. 1989
  • Traveler's of a Hundred Ages: Japan as Revealed Through 1,000 Years of Diaries Los Angeles Times Book Review Carter, S. D. 1989: 1 - 7
  • THE ROAD TO KOMATSUBARA - A CLASSICAL READING OF THE 'RENGA HYAKUIN' - CARTER,SD (Book Review) MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Book Review Authored by: HARE, T. B. 1988; 43 (3): 363-364
  • MIXING MEMORIES - LINKED VERSE AND THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE COURT HERITAGE HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Carter, S. D. 1988; 48 (1): 5-45
  • The Fracture of Meaning: Japan's Synthesis of China from the Eighth through the Eighteenth Centuries Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese Carter, S. D. 1988; 22 (1)
  • What's So Strange About A Strange Tale?: Kafû and His Narrative Persona in Bokutô Kidan Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese Carter, S. D. 1988; 22 (2): 151-168
  • SOGI IN THE EAST-COUNTRY, 'SHIRAKAWA KIKO' + MEDIEVAL JAPANESE POETIC TRAVELOGUE MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Carter, S. D. 1987; 42 (2): 167-179
  • Allusion in Linked Verse Renga kenkyô no tenkai Carter, S. D., Kinjirô, K. Tokyo: Benseisha. 1985: 121-132
  • A LESSON IN FAILURE - LINKED-VERSE CONTESTS IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY Carter, S. D. 1984; 104 (4): 727-737
  • THREE POETS AT YUYAMA Carter, S. D. 1983
  • RULES, RULES, AND MORE RULES, SHOHAKU RENGA RULEBOOK OF 1501 + AN ANNOTATED TRANSLATION OF 'RENGA SHINSHIKI TSUIKA NARABI NI SHINSHIKI KINAN TO' FROM JAPANESE HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Carter, S. D. 1983; 43 (2): 581-642
  • THE 'MONKEYS STRAW RAINCOAT' AND OTHER POETRY OF THE BASHO SCHOOL - MINER,E, ODAGIRI,H (Book Review) HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Carter, S. D. 1982; 42 (2): 643-660
  • WAKA IN THE AGE OF RENGA + MUROMACHI POETRY MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Carter, S. D. 1981; 36 (4): 425-444
  • Background and Design in Linked Verse of the Golden Age Bungaku gogaku Carter, S. D. 1980; 87: 51-58
  • 3 POETS AT YUYAMA - SOGI AND YUYAMA SANGIN HYAKUIN, 1491 MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Carter, S. D. 1978; 33 (2): 119-149
  • 3 POETS AT YUYAMA - SOGI AND YUYAMA-SANGIN-HYAKUIN, 1491 .2. MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Carter, S. D. 1978; 33 (3): 241-283