Atsuhiko Hirota is an Associate Professor of English at Kyoto University, Japan. He is currently working on the representations of Circe-like characters in Shakespeare’s plays, with a focus on their relationship with early modern discourses of the vulnerability of English identity. His works on Shakespeare’s mythology include:
• “Circes in Ephesus: Civic Affiliations in The Comedy of Errors and Early Modern English Identity”. The Shakespearean International Yearbook 10 : 231-55.
• “The Memory of Hesione: Intertextuality and Social Amnesia in Troilus and Cressida”. (paper at the Societé Française Shakespeare Congrès “Shakespeare et la mémoire” [Paris, 22-24 March 2012]) .
• “Myths and Liminal Spaces: the Marches in 1 Henry IV” (paper at the 1st Kyoto-Bristol Symposium “Myths, Geographies, and Forms: Place and Person in Early-Modern English Literature” [the University of Bristol, 11 January 2013]).
• “The Golden Fleece and the Parti-Coloured Lambs: The Ovine Trope in The Merchant of Venice” (seminar paper at the Shakespeare Society of Japan Seminar “Shylock in Disguise” [Kyoto, 27 October 2011]).
He is also a co-leader (with Dennis Kennedy) of the seminar “Shakespeare, Myth, and Asia” at the 2013 ESRA Shakespeare Conference.