The Department of Japanese Literature delves deep into comprehensive and specialized research of the language and literature of Japan.
Research into the literature of Japan includes works of every era, from ancient to modern, and covers a variety of genres, from the waka poems and various tales that are central to classical literature to the modern Japanese novel. Japanese literature at the Keio Graduate School of Letters is unique in that it covers a wide range of subjects including emaki picture scrolls and books that are traditionally placed in the realm of art history as well as Chinese-style prose and poetry (kanbun literature). Another feature that makes this department unique is the availability of specialists in bibliography at the Keio Institute of Oriental Classics (Shido Bunko), who assist in producing well-founded empirical research.
At many universities, studies of Japanese language fall into the classifications of theoretical studies, historical linguistics, and dialectology. We transcend these labels to employ both theoretical and empirical research to all studies of the Japanese language, from ancient to modern and even into current variants and dialects of the language.
Narrative Literature, Setsuwa Literature
Medieval Literature, Waka Poetry (31-Syllable Verse)
Japanese Modern Literature