Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan: Performance Works

Autor Prof. Jessica Nakamura
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 15 ian 2020
In Transgenerational Remembrance, Jessica Nakamura investigates the role of artistic production in the commemoration and memorialization of the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) in Japan since 1989. During this time, survivors of Japanese aggression and imperialism, previously silent about their experiences, have sparked contentious public debates about the form and content of war memories.

The book opens with an analysis of the performance of space at Yasukuni Shinto Shrine, which continues to promote an anachronistic veneration of the war. After identifying the centrality of performance in long-standing dominant narratives, Transgenerational Remembrance offers close readings of artistic performances that tackle subject matter largely obscured before 1989: the kamikaze pilot, Japanese imperialism, comfort women, the Battle of Okinawa, and Japanese American internment. These case studies range from Hirata Oriza’s play series about Japanese colonial settlers in Korea and Shimada Yoshiko’s durational performance about comfort women to Kondo Aisuke’s videos and gallery installations about Japanese American internment.

Working from theoretical frameworks of haunting and ethics, Nakamura develops an analytical lens based on the Noh theater ghost. Noh emphasizes the agency of the ghost and the dialogue between the dead and the living. Integrating her Noh-inflected analysis into ethical and transnational feminist queries, Nakamura shows that performances move remembrance beyond current evidentiary and historiographical debates.
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ISBN-13: 9780810141308
ISBN-10: 0810141302
Pagini: 240
Ilustrații: 29 b-w images running in text
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 14 mm
Editura: Northwestern University Press
Colecția Northwestern University Press
Seria Performance Works


Ghosts of the Asia Pacific War in Contemporary Japan                                                       
Chapter 1
Lingering Legacies of the War: Performance and Specters at Yasukuni Shintō Shrine         
Chapter 2                                                                                                                                      
Returning Kamikaze: Popular Culture, Affect, and Theatrical Repetition                            
Chapter 3                                                                                                                                
Staging Response-ability: Historical Omissions and the Audience in the Seoul Shimin Play Series                                                                                                                                               
Chapter 4                                                                                                                                
Becoming Missing “Comfort Women:” Embodiment, History, and Position
Chapter 5                                                                                                                                
Acts that Do Not Transfer: The Battle of Okinawa and Situated Testimony
Chapter 6                                                                                                                                
Making Unresolved Japanese American Histories: Transpacific Possession and Response-ability as Conflict
Ghosts and the future



Transgenerational Remembrance examines the legacy of the Asia-Pacific War in Japan (1931–1945) through contemporary output in theater and performance art. This book explicates art and theatrical productions dealing with kamikaze pilots, Japanese imperialism, comfort women, the Battle of Okinawa, and Japanese American internment.