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English and American Literature

The English and American Literature program helps students develop a clear and thorough understanding of how to read literary works primarily from North America and the British Isles. Any author, topic, era, or genre may be considered, granting students the freedom to choose their research topic based on their interests.

Students will be trained in how to rigorously appraise literary texts and are also required to examine research methodologies. Remarkable developments in critical theory and readjustments to the canon in recent years mean that students are required to find theoretical grounds for their literary interests and explore appropriate research methods.

The program offers lectures and seminars to help students consider such demands. Symposiums attended by all graduate students are designed to encourage an open sharing of views, transcending the barriers that typically separate professor from student, and to provide students with practical experience of academic presentations.


HATTORI, Noriyuki (Ph.D.)
English Literature; 18th Century English Novel, Modern Critical Theory
KATAFUCHI, Nobuhisa (Ph.D.)
American Literature; Jewish American Fiction, Adaptation Studies
ISHIWARI, Takayoshi (Ph.D.)
American Literature

Associate Professors

YAMADA, Yuzo (Ph.D.)
English Literature; English Drama; Cultural Studies
MORIMOTO, Michitaka(Ph. D.)
American Literature; American Drama

Foreign Assistant Professor

HARVEY, A. S. Paul (M.Phil.)
English Language, English Literature (1500-1660); English Literature, Japanese Drama