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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Spring 2016

Date Issued: 2016

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 72 p.

Language(s): English

Abstract/Description: One of the most popular forms of literature in Japan is that of “kaidan.,” literallymeaning “strange story,” during the Edo period, but over time “kaidan” has come tospecifically mean stories of “yūrei,” or “Japanese ghosts.” Many Western academicstudies concerning kaidan thus far are concerned with the genre’s shift from religiousdidactics to secular entertainment. This is an important evolution to keep in conversationwith this project; However, this study will argue that ghosts work as Edo symbols forfailing boundaries within an isolationist society. Two of the main texts in this project aretranslations by Lafcadio Hearn, being “Mimi Nashi Hōichi” and “Jikininki.” The othertwo main texts used are translations of “Banchō Sarayashiki” by Zack Davisson. In mystudy, I identify breaches of boundaries within social order in these texts using the aid ofMikhail Bakhtin’s “the grotesque,” Julia Kristeva’s “abject horror,” and JacquesDerrida’s “hauntology.”

Identifier: FA00004590 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004590

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Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Finch, Travis , author Swanstrom, Lisa Dr., Thesis advisor Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33448



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