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This front matter section of the book Lafcadio Hearn in International Perspectives contains the table of contents and a preface. The book presents twenty-two diverse essays on Lafcadio Hearn. It draws the widening gaps that exist between negative depreciations of Hearn in the United States and positive appreciations of Koizumi Yakumo in Japan. The book calls the reader's attention to this significant difference as a symptom of much greater misapprehensions between the Western world and Japan. The interest that Hearn showed in the ghostly world of the Japanese was taken as a sign of his 'morbidity'. His concern for the animistic world of the Japanese took two forms of expression, one literary (Kwaidan) and another scholarly (Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation). The book also discusses Hearn's romantic representation of Shinto religion.

Keywords: Japan; Lafcadio Hearn; Shinto religion; Western world



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