My Graduation Thesis Experience

Russian and Eurasian Studies Concentration

Keisuke Katase
Russian Studies

The goal of my graduation research was to clarify the characteristics of Russian symbolist theater. In my freshman and sophomore years, I firmed up the foundation of my language skills, and while studying abroad in Moscow, I was exposed almost daily to wonderful stage plays. Then, after returning from studying abroad, I put on a Russian play during the foreign drama festival. I chose a theme for my thesis that would be the culmination of my Russian studies during my student days. First, what took a lot of time was gathering the materials. There is not much literature in Japanese, so I had to read a lot in Russian, but at first it took me more than 30 minutes to read a single page. Even so, as I was exposed to Russian every single day, my pace picked up and my reading comprehension improved. In discussions in my seminar, I struggled when I tried to convey my own theories clearly, but I learned the true pleasure of research and deepened my understanding of Russian culture. Also, when we watched The Seagull on VTR in my Russian drama class, I was able to notice the contrast between the characters and to understand the absurdity in the work, which is difficult to grasp from the translation. I was delighted to be able to use the results of my graduation research in that way. Writing a graduation thesis takes a lot of time and effort, but I think it is definitely a major plus for the future. I am extremely grateful to the teachers who gave me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 Faculty of Foreign Studies