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Reading does not have to be a passive experience:
When we read a novel, we are often fascinated by the emotions of the characters as well as by the plot development. But curiously enough, we sometimes feel as if we ourselves were in it, or as if the novel were acting as a mirror reflecting our images. We all know that a good novel moves us, but we should also note that we play an active role in our reading experience.
Western Literature Studies in Japan:
Currently, research on Western literature in Japan is shifting its stance: from a period of accepting preceding studies from Britain and the United States to an age in which Japanese researchers and even graduate students are presenting their opinions in scholarly journals overseas.
Always resist a temptation to take a shortcut.
A common pitfall in literary studies is “a fast food approach”: taking the easy way out by collecting other researchers’ opinions for quick answers. In our research, we hope to proceed only after verifying each argument to reach the full conviction of its validity on our own, instead of taking shortcuts by blindly believing in the views of well-known scholars.
When you think about it, a novel does not hide anything from you, with everything visibly written on the page. Strangely enough, however, different readers see stories quite differently. The same can be said for movies. Do we see all the images on the screen in the same way? I’d like students to cultivate a broader view not to miss a thing on the screen, so to speak, through learning in this course and to make the most of the wider view after going out into society where large amounts of uncertain information come and go.