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Fr. William Farge S.J.

Professor Emeritus of Languages and Cultures


Ph.D., Indiana University, 1997

M.A., Indiana University, 1995

S.T.L. and M.A., Sophia University, Tokyo, 1978

B.A., Sophia University, Tokyo, 1976

B.A., Loyola University, 1971


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Languages and Cultures


  • Asia
  • Language/Linguistics
  • Literature


Fr. William Farge, S.J, completed his theological studies for the priesthood in Tokyo, Japan, where he received an M.A and S.T.L degree in dogmatic theology from Sophia University. He subsequently taught English and religion at Jesuit high schools in Hiroshima and Kobe, Japan from 1978 to 1990.

On his return to the U.S. he attended Indiana University where he received a M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Japanese language and culture.

His publications include The Japanese Translations of the Jesuit Mission Press, 1590-1614, an in-depth study of the Buddhist terminology used to translate Imitatio Christi (1441), Guía de Pecadores (1567), and other European Catholic texts into Japanese.

Fr. Farge is also interested in Japanese political satire and government censorship.

Fr. Farge teaching interests include classical, early modern, and modern Japanese culture and well as Japanese language.

Classes Taught

  • Modern Japanese I & II
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Culture in Early Modern Japan
  • Japanese History I

Areas of Expertise

  • Japanese
  • Japanese Political Satire
  • Japanese Government Censorship