Mitsutoshi Somura studied English literature at Hosei University graduate school and received his MA in1978 and PhD in 2013. He became an associate professor at the Department of Economics of the university in 1982 and a professor in 1992. He conducted research on seventeenth-century English literature as a visiting scholar at Darwin College in the University of Cambridge from 1990 to 1992 and from 2001 to 2002. He taught literature at the graduate school of Hosei University, and to undergraduates at Meiji Gakuin University. Since 2008 he has lectured on and conducted a seminar on English literature and the contemporary British culture and society at the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Professor Somura’s research focuses on the relationship between literature and Anglicanism in the Tudor and Stuart periods. His interests include literature and religion, biographical writings, church history, the conservatism of the Great Tew Circle, the Metaphysical poetry of the seventeenth century, and literature, the culture and society since the Thatcher government. In his Japanese translation of Izaak Walton’s The Life of Dr John Donne with introduction and annotation, he closely examines Walton’s techniques of life-writing in the context of ecclesiastical biography, his religious view of Donne’s life, and his comprehensive Anglican thought. In his book, The Angler and Literature: The Study of Izaak Walton－The Origin of Conservatism in England (Tsurishi to Bungaku), Walton’s writings, especially those during the Interregnum, are mainly interpreted as apologia for the Church of England and analyzed in terms of the politico-theological currents from Richard Hooker and John Donne, to the Great Tew Circle.
・Angler and Literature: A Study of Izaak Walton (2010)
・The Glorious Revolution and English Literature: The Birth of a New Public Discourse (co-authored, 2014)