Faculty of International Studies
Department of International Studies



  • Birth:1954


  1. lecturer 1989/04/01-1992/03/31
  2. associate professor 1992/04/01-1999/03/31
  3. Professor 1999/04/01-Present

Academic background

  1. Nara Women's University Faculty of Literature English 1977 Graduated
  2. Osaka University Graduate School, Division of Letters English Doctor course 1983 Withdrawn after completion of required course credits

Academic degrees

  1. PhD Keio University 2012/01
  2. Master of Arts Osaka University

Research Areas

  1. Middle English Literature
  2. European Language Literature

Subject of research

  1. Devotional texts and lay piety in the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries Middle Ages, devotional literature, devotionalism, manuscript study, early books, This study aims to discuss the relationships between late medieval devotional texts and lay piety through considering some representative devotional texts in relation to material characteristics of the devotional manuscripts that contain such texts. It will be important to discuss the issue in the cultural backgrounds of late medieval Europe. 2012/04-2015/03
  2. Biblical additions in Caxton's _Golden Legend_ fifteenth century, bible translation, Caxton, Golden Legend This project aims to discuss sources of Caxton's Old Testament translation integrated in his _Golden Legend_, and the reception of English biblical translations in general. An edition of this work is in progress. 2013/03-Present
  3. Cambridge, Magdalene College, MS Pepys 2125 manuscript, 15th century, devotional compilation Cambridge, Magdalene College, MS Pepys 2125 is a compilation of late medieval devotional literature, mainly in English. As part of study of late medieval religious climate in England, I have been studying this manuscript in detail and have published editions of several important texts in it. 1994/03-Present
  4. Late Medieval Religious Writings in England Manuscripts, late medieval England, religious writing This project aims to consider dissemination of religious writings in late medieval religious writings in England through manuscript evidences. 1995-Present
  5. Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ fifteenth century, Bible, meditation, life of Christ, Wyclif, Lollard Considers the purpose and the influence of this major meditative text in religious climate of fifteenth-century England. A Japanese translation is also in progress. 2004/01-2010/12
  6. Editing, the Historye of the Patriarks (Cambridge, St. John's College, MS G.31) 15th century, Bible, translation, Middle English, Genesis, Historia scholastica, Bible historiale, Peter Comestor, Guyart Desmoulins Cambridge, St John's College MS G.31 contains the only witness to the Middle English _Historye of the Patriarks_, which is a conflated translation of the _Historia scholastica_, _Bible historiale_ and the Genesis. I have edited the HP in parallel with the three source texts. 2003/10-2009/11
  7. A Cognitive Approach to the Growth of Individualism in the Fifteenth Century: some aspects of later affective piety 黙想、民間信仰、15世紀、ニコラス・ラヴ、キリストの生涯 This study discussed some characteristics of late medieval devotional literature and practices in relation to recent neurological findings and theories. 2007/04-2012/07


  1. Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts: Essays in Honour of William Marx (Texts and Transitions 12) Turnhout, Brepols 2018/02 978-2-503-56847-8
  2. Middle English Texts in Transition: A Festschrift Dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th Birthday York: York Medieval Press 2014/07 331978-1-903153-53-6
  3. Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England and Europe: Diverse Imaginations of Christ's Life Brepols 2014/07
  4. The Use and Development of Middle English: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Middle English, Cambridge 2008. Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature 38. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2012 9783631628751hb
  5. The Historye of the Patriarks, Middle English Texts, vol. 42. Universitätsverlag, Winter, Heidelberg 2010 978-3-8253-5750-4


  1. Research paper (scientific journal) Only A Hitherto Unidentified Middle English Translation of “Les Quatre Requêtes de Notre-Dame à Jésus” Notes & Queries 62/ 3, 364-372 2015/09
  2. Research paper (scientific journal) Only “Imitating Christ as a Meme” Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 3.3, “Cognitive Alterities/ Neuromedievalism” 3/ 3, 315-327 2012/09
  3. Research paper (scientific journal) Only "A Middle English Penitential Treatise on Job 10:20-22: Dimitte me, domine ..." Mediaeval Studies Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto 67, 157-217 2005
  4. Research paper (scientific journal) Only Cleanness and a Hitherto Unedited Religious Text in MS Pepys 2125 Reading Medieval Studies 24, 95-112 1998
  5. Research paper (scientific journal) Only The Legend of the Cross before Christ : Another Prose Treatment in Engligh and Anglo-Norman Poetica 45, 15-61 1996

Research presentations

  1. Oral presentation(general) "Transcription of Printed books: Compositors, Correctors and Editors" Twenty-First Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society 2018/07/12 URL
  2. Symposium workshop panel(public) Caxton and his Polyglot Sources: The Golden Legend The Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society and the IVth International Congress of the John Gower Society 2017/07/12 URL
  3. Symposium workshop panel(public) Sermons and Biblical Narratives Pre- and Post-Arundel The 32nd Congress 2016/12/10 URL
  4. Oral presentation(general) Bible Use in the Vernacular in the 15th Century Leeds International Medieval Congress 2016 2016/07/05
  5. Oral presentation(general) Editing Late-Medieval Religious Writings: Facing Compilers at Work Editing and Interpretation: Literatures in Medieval England 2015/09/10

Memberships of academic societies

  1. 日本中世英語英文学会
  2. 日本英文学会
  3. 新チョーサー学会(The New Chaucer Society)
  4. The Hagiography Society
  5. Arthurian Society

Committee Career

  1. 日本中世英語英文学会 大会準備委員長,編集委員,評議員、研究助成委員 2008-2013
  2. 日本中世英語英文学会 大会準備委員長,編集委員,評議員、研究助成委員 2003-2004
  3. 日本中世英語英文学会 大会準備委員長,編集委員,評議員、研究助成委員 2002-2002
  4. 日本中世英語英文学会 大会準備委員長,編集委員,評議員、研究助成委員 2000-2006
  5. 日本中世英語英文学会 大会準備委員長,編集委員,評議員、研究助成委員 1998-1998