Thinking about Japanese Literature

 

What is literature?

 

 

Are there lots of different kinds of literature? What are some?

 

 

How did literature get started? What are some historical examples of the evolution and development of literature? Is there a typical progression you are aware of?

 

 

 

What role does literature play in our lives?

 

 

 

How does the act of reading differ say from watching films or television?