Department of Japanese Language and Literature

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Department of Japanese Language and Literature

Department of Japanese Language and Literature
The Department of Japanese Language and Literature aims to impart in students, through study of the disciplines of Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature, and calligraphic studies, the intrinsic power of our language.
Spoken language, the written word and literature are the keys to reviewing one’s relationship between self and society. In today’s society there is a strong demand for use of language, which forms the basis of all things, the ability to understand others and more so, the ability to effectively communicate with and to be understood by others. Through the study of Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature (classic to modern), and calligraphic studies (calligraphy), we aim to install in our students the intrinsic power of our language.

1.Education and Research

The Department of Japanese Language and Literature explores the dynamic development and diverse transition of the Japanese language and culture over time in the light of its long history, geographical and societal influences via the three disciplines of Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and calligraphic studies. Through exploration of the appeal and composition of tales, novels, and Japanese poetry we can investigate the way our world has appeared in words over the ages and how this has changed, in addition to playing a central role in instilling a deeper understanding of the language of Japan allowing for the generation and expression of new culture.

Within the Department of Japanese Language and Literature curriculum students will gain an in-depth understanding of expression and thought within the Japanese language through wide study of literary works ranging from the classics such as “Man-yoshu (Ten Thousand Leaves),” “The Tales of Genji” to the works of Soseki Natsume and Junichiro Tanizaki from the late modern period through to contemporary literature as well as through study of the structure, dynamics and history of Japanese language and the art of calligraphy. Through our curriculum we strive to develop students who can achieve an in-depth awareness of Japanese language and culture, and a strong command of thought, interlocution and writing ability appropriate for teaching Japanese or calligraphy at junior high or high school. Our aim is to produce promising personnel with insight and practical skills in language and who, through utilizing these skills and knowledge, are able to actively contribute to today’s society.

2.Admission Policy

Based on the admission policy of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of Japanese Language and Literature admits students who hold a deep interest in Japanese language, literature, and culture, and from this basis will, through study, strive towards gaining a strong command of thought, interlocution, writing and expression and are keen to actively contribute to our society.