Department of Tatar Literature is a structural subdivision of Gabdulla Tukai Division of Tatar Philology and was formed in 2013 as a result of the merger of two departments: Department of Tatar Literature History and Department of Tatar Literature of 20th-21st Centuries and Methods of Its Teaching. The staff of the department was historically formed on the basis of the departments of theory and history of Tatar literature; modern literature and teaching methodology of the Kazan State University (Division of Tatar philology was opened in 1944), which is associated with the names of such famous linguists as R. Khakimova, Ya. Agishev, H. Usmanov, I. Nurullin, N. Yuzeev and others, as well as the Department of Tatar literature and Methods of Its Teaching of Tatar State University of Humanities and Education, the one traces the roots of its activity from Department of the Tatar Language and Literature of the East Pedagogical Institute (1925), which in different years was a place of work of G. Saadi, G. Rakhim, G. Nigmati, M. Gaynullin, A. Sayganov and others.
The department graduates qualified personnel for schools, universities, research institutions, publishing houses, newspapers and magazines, radio and television. Such well-known writers and artists as M. Jalil, A. Alish, A. Kutuy, S. Khakim, H. Kamalov, I. Yuzeev, M. Magdeev, N. Fattakh, G. Akhunov, R.Kharis, R. Fayzullin, R. Minnullin and many others graduated from this department.
The research are of the department is focused on a comprehensive study of the Tatar literary process in the context of Eastern and Western culture, in a dialogue of literatures of the peoples of the Volga and Ural regions. The priority is given to the study of philosophical, aesthetic and ethical foundations of the Tatar literature and folklore, the study of the theory and history of Tatar literature and criticism.
The staff's publication activities are traditionally very lively. Members of the department write coursebooks, anthologies, textbooks for higher and secondary special educational institutions, schools, gymnasiums, and take active part in preparing and holding conferences, school literature contests, provide their expertise on outside curricula and textbooks.