Graduate Course in German Language and Literature

Graduate Course in German Language and Literature

1. Research Subjects

LibraryWe are engaged in linguistic studies of the German language and literature in German-speaking countries that incorporate the latest research trends, with a focus on understanding language and literature from the broad perspective of “cultural studies.” In the linguistic field, in addition to traditional studies such as syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, historical linguistics, and pragmatics, we deal with sociolinguistics, text linguistics, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, and media linguistics from a wider point of view. In the field of literature and culture, students will be able to not only study literary texts, but also to analyze various cultural phenomena from the viewpoints of socio-cultural history, media, gender, or the latest cultural theories. They also have an opportunity to work on practical German language education.

2. Research Environment

(a) Library – Approximately 50,000 Western books and 4,000 Japanese books.
(b) Room for graduate students – A large space with 4 personal computers and abundant materials
(c) Opportunities to make presentations – The Gakushuin University German Literature Society is provided as a forum for presentations.
(d) Opportunities to publish papers – Students may publish their papers in the “Annual Collection of Essays and Studies” and “Gakushuin University Studies in Humanities” (both peer reviewed) edited by the Gakushuin University German Literature Society.

3. Research Activities

Faculty members are actively engaged in research activities as experts of each field, using subsidies such as Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.

4. Tie-up with the Research Institute for Humanities

Faculty members have worked in cooperation with the Research Institute for Humanities to launch many research projects. Graduate students also join the projects as research assistants, etc.

5. International exchanges

We actively invite researchers mainly from German-speaking countries to work on joint research projects, give lectures, and teach and advise graduate students.