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Author Shibata, Yūko, 1963- author.

Title Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki : literature, film, and transnational politics / Yuko Shibata
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 162 pages)
Contents Knowledge production on Hiroshima and Nagasaki : the politics of representation and a critique of canonization -- Postcolonial Hiroshima mon amour : Franco-Japanese collaboration in the American shadow -- Validating and invalidating the national sentiment : Kamei Fumio and the early days of Japanese cinema on Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- "You saw nothing in Hiroshima" : performing atomic bomb victimhood and the visibility of the hibakusha -- Entangled discourses : John Hersey and Nagai Takashi
Summary National, disciplinary, and linguistic boundaries all play a role in academic study and nowhere is this more apparent than in traditional humanities scholarship surrounding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. How would our understanding of this seminal event change if we read Japanese and Euro-American texts together and across disciplines? In Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Yuko Shibata juxtaposes literary and cinematic texts usually considered separately to highlight the "connected divides" in the production of knowledge on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, shedding new light on both texts and contexts in the process.Shibata takes up two canonical works--American journalist John Hersey's account, Hiroshima, and French director Alain Resnais' avant-garde film, Hiroshima Mon Amour--that are traditionally excluded from study in Japanese literature and cinema. By examining Hersey's Hiroshima in conjunction with The Bells of Nagasaki (Nagai Takashi) and Children of the A-Bomb (Osada Arata), both Japanese bestsellers, Shibata demonstrates how influential Hersey's Hiroshima has been in forging the normative narrative of the hibakusha experience in Japan. She also compares Hiroshima Mon Amour with Kamei Fumio's documentary, Still It's Good to Live, whose footage Resnais borrowed to depict atomic bomb victimhood. Resnais' avant-garde masterpiece, she contends, is the palimpsest of Kamei's surrealist documentary; both blur the binaries between realist and avant-garde representations. Reading Hiroshima Mon Amour in its historical context enables Shibata to offer an entirely new analysis of Renais' work. She also delineates how Japanese films came to produce the martyrdom narrative of the hibakusha in the early postwar period.Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki allows us to trace the complex and entangled political threads that link representations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, reminding us that narratives and images deploy different effects in different places and times. This highly original approach establishes a new kind of transnational and transpacific studies on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and raises the possibility of a comparative area studies to match the age of world literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Duras, Marguerite. Hiroshima mon amour
Hersey, John, 1914-1993. Hiroshima.
Kamei, Fumio, 1908-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation
Nagai, Takashi, 1908-1951. Nagasaki no kane
Kamei, Fumio, 1908-1987.
Hiroshima mon amour (Motion picture)
Hiroshima (Hersey, John)
Hiroshima mon amour (Motion picture)
Atomic bomb victims in literature.
Atomic bomb victims in motion pictures.
Atomic bomb victims in literature.
Atomic bomb victims in motion pictures.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0824876253