Division of Department of Global Humanities Department of English Literature
Develop rich imagination by studying novels, drama, and poetry
The world of English literature encompasses a vast time and space. Countless genres have emerged in prose, drama, and poetry from the 9th century A.D. to the present. Aside from this, English literature is not limited to England; taken in a broad sense, it also includes works from Australia, South Africa, Canada, and even the United States. Nowadays we see many writers with complicated cultural backgrounds, like Ishiguro Kazuo, enjoy success in the English literary world — proof that the adjective refers to the original language of the work, rather than to a specific country. Our department is currently led by professor Okochi Shō, who specializes in Romantic literature, associate professor Iwata Miki, whose main research subject is modern drama, and associate professor James Tink, who focuses on the English literature of the Renaissance period. We would like you all to read as much as you can, to engage deeply with the works and, above all, to enjoy them. Without a doubt, this will help you develop your imagination, power of thinking, and candor.