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This section presents notes on the preface and twenty-two chapters of this book Lafcadio Hearn in International Perspectives. The book discusses the widening gaps that exist between negative depreciations of Lafcadio Hearn in the United States and positive appreciations of Koizumi Yakumo in Japan, greater misapprehensions between the Western world and Japan, representation of the ghostly world of the Japanese as a sign of his 'morbidity', his concern for the animistic world of the Japanese in two forms of expression, one literary (Kwaidan) and another scholarly (Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation), and Hearn's romantic representation of Shinto religion.

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



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