Sybil Thornton

School of Historical Philosophical and Religious Studies

Sybil Thornton’s research focuses on three interrelated areas of Japanese narrative:  medieval Buddhist propaganda, late-medieval epic, and the period film.  In addition to several articles and book chapters, she is the author of Charisma and Community Formation in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Yugyo-ha (1300-1700) and of the 2007The Japanese Period Film:  A Critical Analysis.  She is now working on a translation and study of the c. 1400  Meitokuki, the second of a proposed series of five late-medieval Japanese epics. Dr. Thornton has been particularly active in advancing knowledge about Asia among Arizona Community College and K-12 teachers and students. She is also the Principle Investigator of the 3-year (2011-2014) Institutional Project Support grant from the Japan Foundation.