Imag(in)ing the War in Japan: Representing and Responding to Trauma in Postwar Literature and Film

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David C. Stahl, Mark Williams
BRILL, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 362 pages
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This study of a series of artistic representations of the Asia Pacific War experience in a variety of Japanese media is premised on Walter Davis' assertion that traumatic events and experiences must be 'constituted' before they can be assimilated, integrated and understood. Arguing that the contribution of the arts to the constitution, integration and comprehension of traumatic historical events has yet to be sufficiently acknowledged or articulated, the contributors to this volume examine how various Japanese authors and other artists have drawn upon their imaginative powers to create affect-charged forms and images of the extreme violence, psychological damage and ideological contradiction surrounding the War. In so doing, they seek to further the process whereby reading and viewing audiences are encouraged to virtually engage, internalize, 'know' and respond to trauma in concrete, ethical terms.

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Mark Williams, Ph.D. (1991) in Japanese Literature, University of California, Berkeley, is Professor of Japanese Studies and Chair of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds, UK. He has published extensively on Japanese literature of the immediate postwar period, including "End Sh saku: A Literature of Reconciliation" (Routledge, 1989). David C. Stahl, Ph.D. (1994) in Japanese Literature, Yale University, is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Cinema and Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University (SUNY). He has published on Japanese survivor representation of and response to war trauma, including "Burdens of Survival: oka Sh hei's Writings on the Pacific War" (University of Hawai'i, 2003).

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