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Miui Watanabe

Education and Experience

Miui received her BA in History and her MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. She continued her studies as a PhD student at the University of Tokyo, Japan before coming to St Andrews in 2015.

Her research explores the power dynamics between different cultures played out in romance literature. In particular, she is interested in representations of hybridity, monstrosity and cultural 'otherness' as a means of consolidating and asserting collective/national identity in medieval Britain.

Her thesis is provisionally titled "Otherness, Monstrosity and National Identity in Middle English Romance"

Conference Papers

“The Other Within: Scotland and English National Identity in Bevis of Hampton.” Presented at the 15th Biennial Romance in Medieval Britain Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 16-19 August 2016.

"The Monstrous Other: Hybridity and Identity in Richard Coeur de Lion." Presented at the 30th Congress of The Japan Society for Medieval English Studies. Doshisha University, Kyoto. 6-7 December 2014.

"Mirabilia in History: Functions of the Supernatural in 12th Century Historical Writing in England." Presented at the 17th Congress of the Japan Society for Culture in English. Nihon University, Chiba. 12 September 2014.

Miui Watanabe



PhD Student: Medieval British Romance