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Okinawan war memory : transgenerational trauma and the war fiction of Medoruma Shun

Author: Kyle Ikeda
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Asia's transformations.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As one of Okinawa's most insightful writers and social critics Medoruma Shun's experience and identity as the child of two survivors of the Battle of Okinawa have powerfully shaped his understanding of the war and his literary craft. Further, through his groundbreaking and prize-winning fiction, editorials, essays, and speaking engagements, Shun has highlighted the problems and limits of conventional representation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Shun Medoruma; Shun Medoruma; Shun Medoruma
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle Ikeda
ISBN: 9780415853958 0415853958
OCLC Number: 824532292
Description: vii, 162 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I: Simmering Awareness. Unarticulated Memory and Traumatic Recall in -The Crying Wind' and 'Walking the Street Named Peace Boulevard' --
Part II: Vicarious Imagination and the 'Magical Real'. Unrecognized Signs and Unexplained Phenomena in 'Droplets' --
Subjective and Objective Fiction: Medoruma's 'Spirit Stuffing' and Ōshiro's 'Island of the Gods' --
Part III: Portraying Second-Generation Conscious Engagement. Critical 'Sentimentalism' and Conscious Engagement in 'Tree of Butterflies' --
Multi-Sensory Memory and Sites of Trauma in 'Forest at the Back of My Eye' --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Asia's transformations.
Responsibility: Kyle Ikeda.

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"As one of Okinawa's most insightful writers and social critics Medoruma Shun's experience and identity as the child of two survivors of the Battle of Okinawa have powerfully shaped his understanding of the war and his literary craft. Further, through his groundbreaking and prize-winning fiction, editorials, essays, and speaking engagements, Shun has highlighted the problems and limits of conventional representation of the Battle of Okinawa, raised new questions and concerns about the nature of Okinawan war memory, and expanded the possibilities of representing war. This book examines Okinawan war memory through the lens of Medoruma's war fiction, and pays particular attention to the issues of second-generation war survivorship and transgenerational trauma. It explores how his texts contribute to knowledge about the war and its ongoing effects -- on survivors, their offspring, and the larger community -- in different ways from that of other modes of representation, such as survivor testimony, historical narrative, and realistic fiction. These dominant means of memory making have played a major role in shaping the various discourses about the war and the Battle of Okinawa, yet these forms of public memory and knowledge often exclude or avoid more personal, emotional, and traumatic experiences. Indeed, Ikeda's analysis sheds light on the nature of trauma on survivors and their children who continue to inhabit sites of the traumatic past, and in turn makes an important contribution to studies on trauma and second-generation survivor experiences"--

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