The English and American Language and Literature course was established in 1953 as a master’s program and in 1955 as a doctoral program and has produced many exemplary researchers and made significant contributions to the academic community. Researchers on the course are currently exploring topics in different specialist areas including the satirical nature of Elizabethan drama and the social nature of Victorian literature in English literature studies, novel-writing techniques in American literature studies, the ideological nature of Anglo–American culture in Anglo–American cultural studies, and analysis of the English language in English linguistic research.
Our collection of research materials contains not only those related to the above themes but also a wealth of literature related to the study of romanticism and modern and contemporary poetry in English literature, as well as African–American literature. The collection also contains originals and reprints of popular magazines, as well as academic journals from Europe and America.
Currently, there are three graduate students in the master’s program and three in the doctoral program. Their research topics include representation of the other in Shakespeare’s comedies, depictions of masculinity in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, British novels and World War II, representations of the “other” in the literature of the southern United States, vocabulary and syntax, polysemy of prepositions, resultative constructions, and onomatopoeia.
Many graduates of the program are engaged in education and research as university teachers or are active as English teachers in high schools, while others are employed in the private sector working for companies.
If you are considering to do your postgraduate study, please feel free to contact the faculty staff by email.
The email addresses of the relevant staff members can be found on this page.
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|Professor Takanobu Tanaka||Research on issues surrounding the “other” such as class, gender, and race in British novels from the 18th century to the present and on literary texts and popular media in relation to these issues.
Book: Dickens’s Changing View of Gender: The Conflict between the Center and the Periphery (Otowa Shobo Tsurumi Shoten, 2006), 434 pages.
|Professor Junichi Toyoda||Research on the peculiarities of English grammar within the context of Indo–European languages, typological studies of perceptual verbs, and the relationship between historical changes in language and culture (e.g., views of religion and the concept of death).
Book: Sense of Emptiness: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), 222 pages.
|Associate Professor Tetsuo Koga||Research focusing on questioning what poetry and novels are, spanning the period from American Romanticism to contemporary postmodernism, including theories of art and culture in North America.
Book: Wallace Stevens (Sekaishisosha, 2007), 335 pages.
|Associate Professor Ian Richards||The relationship between language and culture in the English-speaking world.
Paper: “Janet Frame’s Songs of Innocence and Experience: ‘A Note on the Russian War,’” Studies in the Humanities, 58 (2007): 125-36.
|Associate Professor Kohei Uchimaru||Research on Renaissance theater with a focus on Shakespeare and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, in addition to research on the history of English language and literature education in Japan.|
|Queries||Queries is the official journal of the English Literature Society of Osaka City University (founded in 1942). It is published on an annual basis and presents the results of a wide variety of research.|
Work with Academic Societies
The English Literature Society of Osaka City University celebrated its 44th anniversary this year. Composed of current and retired faculty members, current postgraduate students, and undergraduate and graduate alumni., the society is actively involved in presenting research and providing lectures in the fields of Anglo–American literature, Anglo–American culture, English linguistics, and English education. The society also serves as an alumni association, providing a space for a wealth of interaction not only among students and their peers but also between faculty staff and graduates and between senior and junior students.