The Diaphanous: Lafcadio Hearn and Literature of the Ghostly
Kaz Oishi (University of Tokyo)
This paper examines especially the lectures, given at the University of Tokyo (1896–1903),
of Greek-Irish-Japanese travel-
writer, folklorist and short-story author Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) to explore his literary, aesthetic and metaphysical notion of the ghostly, a diaphanous sense of betweenness, evoked in the spaces between localities, between times, between cultures, and allows a compelling perspective on the space between imperfection and perfection.
Kaz Oishi teaches at the Department of Language and Information Sciences, Tokyo University. He received his MPhil and DPhil degrees in English at Keble College, Oxford.
His research interest is in the socio-political aspect of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period English literature. He has published articles in journals including the Coleridge Bulletin; i; and i; and is co-editor and contributor to Coleridge, Romanticism, and the Orient (ed. David Vallins, Kaz Oishi, and Seamus Perry, Bloomsbury 2013). He is currently working on the reception of Romanticism in Asia.
This conference is supported by JSPS Kakenhi grant number 16K02109.