Professor MORIMOTO Koichi

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The lack of clear distinctions as a source of motivation

My main interests are philosophy and literature, but there is no gap between my job (work) and my hobbies (play). I read books and write research papers because I love doing so. Discussing all kinds of topics with my friends and students helps me polish my old ideas and come up with new ones. This lack of distinction, so to say, is a special quality of a literary scholar and an inexhaustible source of motivation and productivity.
Nothing makes me happier than a sincere debate with my students about our tastes and preferences concerning some work of fiction, be it a novel, a movie, a manga, an anime, or a game. In the world of broadly defined art and entertainment, which includes literature, creators/producers and recipients/consumers are in flux. It is very exciting and stimulating to experience this reality together with others. It is indeed important to study the works and culture of the past, but young students have made me realize that we are all, in fact, characters living and making a story: that is, the history of a new culture.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    German Literature (General Lecture); German Literature (Seminar); German Linguistics (Special Lecture); etc. Courses mostly focus on literary theory.
    Personal History
    Born 1956, Kumamoto Prefecture.
    1980 Received a B.A. in philosophy (with a thesis on Edmund Husserl) at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Received an M.A. in German literature (with a master’s thesis on Franz Kafka) at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    1985 Research Associate, Research Institute for Japanese Culture, Tohoku University, Faculty of Arts and Letters
    1986 German Instructor, Faculty of Education, Yokohama National University
    1996 Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    2003 Professor, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University (current position)
    M.A. (Literature); Ph.D. (Literature)
    Philosophy of Language (Communication Theory, Metaphor Theory); Literary Theory (Fiction Theory, Comparative Media Studies)
    Research Subject
    Philosophy of communication (previously the main line of research);
    Developing narrative experience theory based on comparative media studies (current research project)
    Metaphor; communication; fiction; narrative; narrative experience; comparative media studies
    The Philosophical Association of Japan; Japanese Society for Germanic Studies; Tohoku Society of German Study; etc.
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    Academic Papers
    「物語の〈人物〉はどのように経験されるか―― 比較ジャンル論的考察 」、『ナラティヴ・メディア研究』4号、2013