Impressions from Japan : a translation and analysis of the work of Lafcadio Hearn

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dc.contributor.advisor Matsumoto, Kazumi Harned, Rachel 2015-07-29T16:56:38Z 2015-07-29T16:56:38Z 2015-05
dc.identifier.other A-366
dc.description.abstract The intention of this thesis is to establish the relationship between the content of the works of Lufcadio Hearn and his impressions of Japan. I utilized two of Hearn's works on Japan: Kwaidan, a collection of ghost stories, and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation. The process for establishing the thesis involves three parts: the first is a description of the life and works of Lafcadio Hearn; the second, a translation of a few short stories contained in Kwaidan from Japanese into English; and the third, an analysis of these short stories that compares their content to some topics delineated by Hearn in Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation. These topics include family structure, religion, and social structure. Folktales offer a unique perspective into the culture from which they originate, concerning anything from customs and religion, to familiar places, to values and moral lessons. Thus, as a largely non-fiction description of Japan by the same author, the ideas presented in Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation are revealed in the stories in the folktale-inspired stories of Kwaidan. Before presenting these analyses, I have included brief biographical information about Hearn as well as an insight into his literary style in order to offer a broader perspective on his works concerning Japan. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Languages, Modern.
dc.title Impressions from Japan : a translation and analysis of the work of Lafcadio Hearn en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?) en_US

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