- American and British Literature
- English Language
- German Language and Literature
- French Language and Literature
Research conducted in Western literature, language, and linguistics courses began with the interpretation of various languages, including English, German, French, Italian, and Japanese, in addition to the literary works written in these languages from the Western viewpoint, along with the aid of Western European literary and linguistic theories.
In the beginning of the twenty-first century, however, the cultural pluralism appropriate for the new era was incorporated into these courses. Therefore, instead of simply receiving the Western viewpoint, we conduct research from the perspective and characteristics of a Japanese person or as a researcher in Hiroshima as well as those conducting active cross-disciplinary research, and afterward, we strive to communicate these results to the world.
American and British Literature encompasses a broad range that includes the novels, plays, and poems composed in the United States and the United Kingdom. In particular, American Renaissance literature, Jewish American literature, the literature of the American South, Early Modern British literature including Shakespeare, and British Romantic literature have become focal research points.
English Language includes research on the language and literary style of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novels, the language and expressions of medieval English literature, and the history of English. Specifically, the language and literary styles of Dickens and Chaucer have become focal points of research.
German Language and Literature include Classicist plays from the eighteenth-century German Enlightenment, modern German literature, German literature from the first half of the twentieth century with a concentration on Kafka, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austrian literature and comparative literature, computational linguistics and corpus linguistics, and German pedagogics.
French Language and Literature include sixteenth-century French literature with a focus on Montaigne, nineteenth-century Realistic literature, popular fiction, twentieth-century French literature with a concentration on Albert Camus, research on Japanese loanwords, and French teaching methodology.
Linguistics includes diachronic as well as synchronic research, contrastive studies, general linguistics, and linguistic research based on various linguistic theories on several languages, including Japanese, English, German, French, and Italian.
Through such research and relevant training, we aim to cultivate capable individuals exposed to substantial internationality, who are able to orient themselves from a global viewpoint on the relationship between language and culture.
Essay guidance by experts dedicated to research on Western literature and languages as well as exercises conducted in small groups will likely be useful in the acquisition of an in-depth knowledge of Western culture, critical thinking methods, and expressive power, which will doubtlessly become a foundation for your future.