MA (Venice) PHD (Venice)
Official Fellow; Director of Studies in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
University Lecturer in Pre-Modern Japanese Studies
After a BA and an MA in Japanese Studies at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Italy), in 2003 I earned a PhD at the same university. Following the Italian practice at the time, I spent the first two years of my PhD course studying at Tokyo University as a research student (kenkyusei) with the help of a Monbukagakusho Scholarship. My study focused on Edo-period literature and I was trained mainly by Profs Nobuhiro Shinji and Nagashima Hiroaki. I pursued and further strengthened my interests in 17th-century Japanese prose by working with Prof Fukasawa Akio (Showa Joshi Daigaku) and Oka Masahiko (NIJL and Sophia University).
I have many years of teaching/research experience. I started as a Teaching and Research Associate at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (2003-2005), then became a Lecturer at the same university (2005-2010), while also working as an Adjunct Professor at Università degli Studi di Bergamo (2006-2010). My teaching covered various aspects of Japanese Studies, namely pre-modern and early-modern Japanese literature, classical Japanese and modern Japanese language at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2010 I joined the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University (UK). The interdisciplinary and multicultural environment and, in particular, the privilege of working with two German medievalists/early-modernists (Prof Henrike Lahenemann and Dr Elizabeth Andersen) nurtured some of the theoretical aspects of my research on Japanese early-modern prose. I was invited to be a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia (2008), Keio University (2009), Leiden University (2009), Leuven University (2009), Ritsumeikan University (2010). I am the Secretary of the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) and a member of the Council of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), 2011-.
My main research field is Edo-period popular prose in the vernacular. To know more about me and my research interests, please access my webpage on the website of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Cambrdige and access my personal homepage. I am organizing the international research group 'UK Early-modern Japanese Text Reading Group'.
In Cambridge I mainly teach courses related to classical Japanese and early-modern Japanese literature.I welcome enquiries to supervise undergraduate dissertations in these fields. I also welcome PhD students who are interested in studying Edo-period literature at the University of Cambridge.
To AMES students at Emma: For academic queries about your studies, please feel free to come and visit me at any time on Fridays, 1-2 pm. My office is located in South Court, L2.2.
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