Kwaidan (meaning "ghost stories" is a fitting title for this collection of "stories and studies of strange things" originally published in 1904 just months before the author's death, and arguably Lafcadio Hearn's most famous book - and ...
Kwaidan (meaning "ghost stories" is a fitting title for this collection of "stories and studies of strange things" originally published in 1904 just months before the author's death, and arguably Lafcadio Hearn's most famous book - and justifiably so. Shisei-Do Publications is proud to offer this new, augmented presentation of Kwaidan, edited and profusely illustrated by Japan scholar Hayato Tokugawa, which contains seventeen Japanese stories from the Reikai or "world of ghosts and spirits." Actually one, "Himawari," is a personal recollection of Hearn's childhood set in Wales; while another, "Riki-Baka," is a personal experience of the author's in Tokyo. Many of these stories are based on old Japanese legends told to him by his wife Setsuko, while others have a Chinese origin - all wonderfully transformed into Hearn's own unique style. He concludes this volume with three essays on unique members of the insect world - butterflies, mosquitoes, and the "civilization" of ants - which are far more metaphysical than entomological. Earlier in his career, the author spoke of pledging himself to "woo the Muse of the Odd" and to "worship the odd, the queer, the strange, and the monstrous." If that was truly the case, then he exceeded even his own expectations, giving us some of the very best of Lafcadio Hearn.
The stories are fairly simple upon reading but evoke more considerable messages and views.The first story is about a man called Hoichi the earless because he got involved into a spirit trap; he touched where he wasn't supposed to and the ...
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Kwaidan is a collection of Japanese strange stories mostly based on supernatural superstition and Buddhist religious beliefs with a hint of history involved. The stories are fairly simple upon reading but evoke more considerable messages and views.The first story is about a man called Hoichi the earless because he got involved into a spirit trap; he touched where he wasn't supposed to and the only way for his survival was to turn to a priest.
Author: Michael Dylan FosterPublish On: 2015-01-14
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Author: Michael Dylan Foster
Publisher: University of California Press
Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.
“On John Cage's Late Music, Analysis, and the Model of Renga in Two2. ... In Lafcadio Hearn, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.
Author: W. Anthony Sheppard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
To what extent can music be employed to shape one culture's understanding of another? In the American imagination, Japan has represented the "most alien" nation for over 150 years. This perceived difference has inspired fantasies--of both desire and repulsion--through which Japanese culture has profoundly impacted the arts and industry of the U.S. While the influence of Japan on American and European painting, architecture, design, theater, and literature has been celebrated in numerous books and exhibitions, the role of music has been virtually ignored until now. W. Anthony Sheppard's Extreme Exoticism offers a detailed documentation and wide-ranging investigation of music's role in shaping American perceptions of the Japanese, the influence of Japanese music on American composers, and the place of Japanese Americans in American musical life. Presenting numerous American encounters with and representations of Japanese music and Japan, this book reveals how music functions in exotic representation across a variety of genres and media, and how Japanese music has at various times served as a sign of modernist experimentation, a sounding board for defining American music, and a tool for reshaping conceptions of race and gender. From the Tin Pan Alley songs of the Russo-Japanese war period to Weezer's Pinkerton album, music has continued to inscribe Japan as the land of extreme exoticism.
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Author: Antony Goedhals
Category: Literary Criticism
The Neo-Buddhist Writings of Lafcadio Hearn: Light from the East by Antony Goedhals reveals the discourses of vastness, emptiness, and oneness – founded in Buddhism – hidden, for generations of critics and biographers, at the heart of this misunderstood Victorian writer’s work.
Author: Dorothea Fischer-HornungPublish On: 2016-02-02
“Lafcadio Hearn as an American Writer.” In Hirakawa 2007, 93–102. Creed, Barbara. 1993. The MonstrousFeminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis.
Author: Dorothea Fischer-Hornung
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Social Science
The undead are very much alive in contemporary entertainment and lore. Indeed, vampires and zombies have garnered attention in print media, cinema, and on television. The vampire, with roots in medieval European folklore, and the zombie, with origins in Afro-Caribbean mythology, have both undergone significant transformations in global culture, proliferating as deviant representatives of the zeitgeist. As this volume demonstrates, distribution of vampires and zombies across time and space has revealed these undead figures to carry multiple meanings. Of all monsters, vampires and zombies seem to be the trendiest—the most regularly incarnate of the undead and the monsters most frequently represented in the media and pop culture. Moreover, both figures have experienced radical reinterpretations. If in the past vampires were evil, blood-sucking exploiters and zombies were brainless victims, they now have metamorphosed into kinder and gentler blood-sucking vampires and crueler, more relentless, flesh-eating zombies. Although the portrayals of both vampires and zombies can be traced back to specific regions and predate mass media, the introduction of mass distribution through film and game technologies has significantly modified their depiction over time and in new environments. Among other topics, contributors discuss zombies in Thai films, vampire novels of Mexico, and undead avatars in horror videogames. This volume—with scholars from different national and cultural backgrounds—explores the transformations that the vampire and zombie figures undergo when they travel globally and through various media and cultures.
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Author: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Lovecraft's 'Supernatural horror in literature', first published in 1927, is a historical survey of horror literature, with insights into the nature, development and history of the weird tale. Lovecraft discusses horror writing in the Renaissance, the first Gothic novels of the late 18th century, the revolutionary importance of Edgar Allen Poe, the work of figures such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce and William Hope Hodgson and the four 'modern masters' of the time - Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood and M.R. James. In this annotated edition, S.T. Joshi has provided commentary on many points.
For a psychoanalytic analysis of the entrance scene in front of the mirror, ... Lafcadio Hearn, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies ofStrange Things (Champaign, ...
Author: Qinna Shen
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Category: Social Science
With the economic and political rise of East Asia in the second half of the twentieth century, many Western countries have re-evaluated their links to their Eastern counterparts. Thus, in recent years, Asian German Studies has emerged as a promising branch within interdisciplinary German Studies. This collection of essays examines German-language cultural production pertaining to modern China and Japan, and explicitly challenges orientalist notions by proposing a conception of East and West not as opposites, but as complementary elements of global culture, thereby urging a move beyond national paradigms in cultural studies. Essays focus on the mid-century German-Japanese alliance, Chinese-German Leftist collaborations, global capitalism, travel, identity, and cultural hybridity. The authors include historians and scholars of film and literature, and employ a wide array of approaches from postcolonial, globalization, media, and gender studies. The collection sheds new light on a complex and ambivalentset of international relationships, while also testifying to the potential of Asian German Studies.
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The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature. ... HEARN, LAFCADIO (1850–1904) Best remembered today for his volume of Japanese ghost stories Kwaidan: ...
Author: Matt Cardin
Category: Literary Criticism
This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion
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Author: Akira Mizuta Lippit
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Differentiation from animals helped to establish the notion of a human being, but the disappearance of animals now threatens that identity. This is the argument underlying Electric Animal, a probing exploration of the figure of the animal in modern culture. Akira Mizuta Lippit shows us the animal as a crucial figure in the definition of modernity -- essential to developments in the natural sciences and technology, radical transformations in modern philosophy and literature, and the advent of psychoanalysis and the cinema. Moving beyond the dialectical framework that has traditionally bound animal and human being, Electric Animal raises a series of questions regarding the idea of animality in Western thought. Can animals communicate? Do they have consciousness? Are they aware of death? By tracing questions such as these through a wide range of texts by writers ranging from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud to Vicki Heame, Lewis Carroll to Franz Kafka, and Sergei Eisenstein to Gilles Deleuze, Lippit arrives at a remarkable thesis, revealing an extraordinary logical consensus in Western thought: animals do not have language and hence cannot die. The animal has, accordingly, haunted thought as a form of spectral and undead being. Lippit demonstrates how, in the late nineteenth century; this phantasmic concept of animal being reached the proportions of an epistemological crisis, engendering the disciplines and media of psychoanalysis, modern literature, and cinema, among others. Against the prohibitive logic of Western philosophy, these fields opened a space for rethinking animality. Technology, usually thought of in opposition to nature, came to serve as therepository for an unmournable animality -- a kind of vast wildlife museum. A highly original work that charts new territory in current debates over language and mortality, subjectivity and technology, Electric Animal brings to light fundamental questions about the status of representation -- of the animal and of ourselves -- in the age of biomechanical reproduction.
Hearn, Lafcadio. In Ghostly Japan. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1899. Hearn, Lafcadio. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.
Author: Hiroko Yoda
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Yokai Attack! is a nightmare-inducing one-stop guide to Japan's traditional monsters and creepy-crawlies. Yokai are ethereal sorts of beings, like ghosts, nearly always encountered at night; everyone has their own take on how they might look in real life and what sorts of specific characteristics and abilities they might have. This book is the result of long hours spent poring over data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including microfilms of eighteenth-century illustrations from the national Diet Library in Tokyo, in order to bring you detailed information on almost 50 of these amazing creatures for the first time in English. Illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential appearance of each yokai. Alongside each illustration is a series of "data points," with each yokai's important features at a glance—especially handy for any potential close encounters. Yokai Attack! will surely convince you that Japan's tradition of fascinating monsters is a long one—yet far from being history. Together with Yurei Attack! and Ninja Attack!, Yokai Attack! is the last guidebook to Japan you'll ever need.