Course of Japanese Literature and Culture
Considering humanity and Japan through Japanese literature and Japanese language research
Chair of the Course of Japanese Literature and Culture
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The pursuit of Japanese recognition and understanding is knowing Japan's past, its present and also foreseeing its future.
In modern society, one is required to have an international outlook in various areas. Japan is always positioned with a global perspective, and when attempting to understand different cultures, they are contrasted against one’s own culture. Through this process, it is not unusual that one gains a greater awareness of Japan or Japanese culture. When we talk about Japanese Culture, it is characterized by the Japanese sensitivity and awareness that can be seen in the subject. What we use to convey such Japanese sensibilities, sensation, and way of perceiving things is the language we use daily, Japanese, and Japanese literature has been shaped in various ways using Japanese since ancient times. Naturally, the pursuit of Japanese recognition and understanding is knowing Japan’s past and its present, and the extension of this recognition will lead to looking into the future. Even if one researches language and literature that has remained as classics, this not only sheds light on the past but is also a study of the present that considers the future. Through investigating this recognition, the academic purpose of the pursuit of human existence is also fulfilled.
In this course, we study Japanese language, literature, and culture. Through the investigation of the various current issues of these fields, our goal is to produce talent that has rich insight suitable for the internationalized society as well as high-level research ability. Based on this goal, in this course, the main subjects are Japanese linguistics and Japanese literature. In Japanese linguistics, we cover classic language to modern language, and in Japanese literature, we cover ancient literature to contemporary literature. For each field and area, we have specialist lecturers, and we have a structure where each student can take lectures and receive guidance based on their preferences. Also, from the perspective of comparison and merging between cultures, we have put in place subjects of adjacent fields and comparative literature. Research guidance places importance on individual guidance, and supervision is carried out based on student research topics and in line with their research progress. The aim of the Master’s Program is to complete a master’s thesis, and in the Doctoral Program, the goal is to write a dissertation that contains new findings. There are also opportunities to present research findings at Toyo University Japanese Literature and Culture Society which is made up of teachers, students, and alumni.
When studying at graduate school, what is essential is what you will study, and the purpose of your study. As the term of study is limited, the more precise the goal, the more fulfilling it will be, and this will also lead to deeper learning. Also, each student will set, and work on their research task, so an awareness of the issues of the research task is also important. Research is about making visible what cannot be seen. There is meaning in even slightly, bringing to light what was unknown or unknown in the perception of knowledge. As it brings to light what was unknown until now, and produces new findings for society, presenting research findings is, therefore, giving back to society, and this is the contribution of your research to society. Please study or research with the awareness that the investigation of your topic will lead to societal contribution.
Overview of the Course
The name of the course, Japanese and Literature and Culture was changed from Japanese Literature in 2014 to clarify the connection with the Department of Japanese Literature and Culture of the Faculty of Letters. The name, Japanese Literature and Culture is to show the intention that literature should be perceived within the context of culture.
The main fields are Japanese linguistics and Japanese literature, and guidance will be given by lecturers of each major in the field.