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The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa : Literature and Memory - Michael S. Molasky

The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa

Literature and Memory

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Published: 8th March 2001
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How do the Japanese and Okinawans remember Occupation? How is memory constructed and transmitted? Michael Molasky explores these questions through careful, sensitive readings of literature from mainland Japan and Okinawa. This book sheds light on difficult issues of war, violence, prostitution, colonialism and post-colonialism in the context of the Occupations of Japan and Okinawa.

'Molasky's excellent study of Japanese occupation literature is thoroughly researched, well written, and contributes substantially to our understanding of an extremely important but heretofore largely neglected area of postwar Japanese literature.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

'The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory is a definitive work, the result of a Herculean task. Researchers for years to come will be indebted by this groundbreaking project.' - H-Japan



'The American Occupation of Japan and Okinawa: Literature and Memory, is brilliantly realistic from a diverse range of historical, sociological and literary perspectives'- Wendy Ella Wright, electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies , 2007

Preface
Introduction
Burned-Out Ruins and Barbed-Wire Fences
The Occupation of Japan as History
The Occupation in Mainland Japanese Literature and Criticism
Okinawa: From Premodern Kingdom to Japanese Prefecture
The Battle of Okinawa and the American Occupation (1945-1972)
Chapter Summaries
Notes
Roads to No-Man's Land
Language,Landscape and Gender in "The American School"
Gender, History and the Construction of Victimhood in The Cocktail Party
Fact and Fiction
Notes
A Base Town In The Literary Imagination
An Okinawan Boy
"The Town That Went Pale"
"Children of Mixed Blood" and the Remaking of Koza
Notes
A Darker Shade of Difference
Representing Blacks in Postwar Japan
Race and Narrative Ambivalance in "Prize Stock"
Reporting Truth, Imagining Motives: "Painting on Black Canvas"
Poetry of Protest: Arakawa Akira's "The Coloured Race"
Notes
Female Floodwalls
The Recreation and Amusement Association
Prostitution After the RAA
Prostitution and the Japanese Publishing Industry
The Chastity of Japan
Female Floodwall
Notes
Ambivalent Allegories
The Generational Logic of "Guests From Afar"
Prostitution and Other Honest Jobs: "The Only Ones"
Caste and Outcasts: "Women of a Base Town"
Marriage, Money and Desire: "The Women of Chitose, Hokkaido"
Notes
The Occupier Within
Reproducing The Occupation: "Human Sheep"
Style as Story: Narrative Technique and Memory in "American Hijiki"
Notes Epilogue: Occupation Literature in the Post-Vietnam Era
Okinawan Literature Since the Vietnam War
Saegusa Kazuko's A Winter's Death
Notes
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ISBN: 9780415260442
ISBN-10: 0415260442
Series: Asia's Transformations (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 8th March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 17.27  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1