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Roberta Strippoli

Associate Professor, Japanese Language Coordinator

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies


Roberta Strippoli has worked extensively on medieval Japanese narrative, in particular otogizōshi, stories that circulated between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries as manuscript scrolls and printed booklets, often illustrated. These stories feature human characters from all walks of life as well as animals, deities, demons, and monsters of various kinds. She has published a collection of otogizōshi in Italian translation titled La monaca tuttofare, la donna serpente, il demone beone. Racconti dal medioevo giapponese [The Errand Nun, the Snake Woman, the Drunken Demon: Tales from Medieval Japan] (Venice: Marsilio, 2001) and a study on the tale of Benkei (Yoshitsune’s trusted companion) in Monumenta Nipponica 70:2, 2015. Her second book, Dancer, Nun, Ghost, Goddess (Leiden: Brill, 2017) is a monograph that explores the reception of the Giō-Hotoke episode from the fourteenth-century military narrative Heike monogatari over six centuries and across literary, visual, and performance genres.


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MA, Gakushūin University
  • BA, Sapienza University of Rome

Research Interests

  • Medieval Japanese literature and performing arts
  • Medieval and early-modern manuscripts and illustrated scrolls
  • Literary characters and cultural heritage

Teaching Interests

  • Traditional Japanese literature and culture
  • Women in premodern Japan
  • Pop culture in contemporary Japan

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae