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Research Guides

Japan Studies: Literature & Theatre

A research guide detailing Japan studies resources in English and Japanese.

Japanese Literature & Theatre: Background Sources

There are many specialized encyclopedias and other reference materials dealing with Japanese literature and theatre. Most of the sources are available only in print. Check with the Japan Studies librarian for additional titles.

Classical Texts

Multi-volume collections of Japanese classical and modern literary texts are available in the East Asia Library. These are just a small selection of major collections available in print and online. Check with the Japan Studies Librarian for additional titles.

Researching Literature & Theatre

This page provides some starting points for researching topics related to Japanese literature and theatre. To find articles on these topics use the following databases.


The following institutions are major sites for the study of Japanese literature and theatre.

Finding Translations

Check the following two sources to see if a Japanese work is available in English translation.