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Language, Media and Communication

Field of Specialization Modern Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature
keyword External Recognition of Literary Men, Foreign Representation in Literary Works, Literature and Media, Literature in Society
Department of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies
Academic degree
Research interest How did modern and contemporary Japanese literary figures perceive foreign countries and regions other than Japan? What representations and discussions of such foreign perceptions were presented in their novels, poems, plays, critiques, essays, and other writings? Whether such foreign perceptions have influenced their views of society and culture at home and abroad? I have been studying Russia and the Soviet Union mainly from the perspective of these questions. Specifically, I have been studying the perceptions of Russia and the Soviet Union by literary figures of the Meiji and Taisho periods, especially Futabatei Shimei, Uchida Roan, and Oba Kako, but I am now expanding my research to include other literary figures of the Meiji and Taisho periods as well as those of the Showa and later periods. I am interested in the relationship between literature and society, literature and mass media, and literature and art.
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