Dr Mara Patessio - Personal details
My undergraduate degree at Venice University was followed by an M.Phil at the University of Cambridge, where I focused on 1880s debates over the necessity to modify the Japanese language to transform it into a useful tool for Japan's 'modernisation'. For my Ph.D. at Cambridge, I shifted from sociolinguistics to gender studies with a thesis on the entrance of Meiji women into the public sphere. From 2004 to 2005 I was a JSPS fellow in Japan. I spent my fellowship working on early Meiji women doctors and nurses. I then moved back to Cambridge as a Leverhulme Trust funded Research Associate, working with Professor Peter Kornicki on a project that investigated Edo and Meiji women readers, writers, and their reading practices. Those papers have been published by The University of Michigan Press in a volume I edited with Professor Peter Kornicki (Cambridge) and Professor Gaye Rowley (Waseda, Tokyo).