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Hiroshima TracesTime, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory$
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Lisa Yoneyama

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520085862

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520085862.001.0001

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Mnemonic Detours

Mnemonic Detours

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(p.112) Chapter 4 Mnemonic Detours
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Hiroshima Traces
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Lisa Yoneyama

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520085862.003.0005

This chapter examines how the cultural criticism strategy called mnemonic detours operates over the cityscape through the storytellings of Hiroshima survivors, explaining that the stories of the survivors include nonteleolological, detoured courses of their thoughts and lives before and after the bombing. It also discusses the unsettling effects of the frozen time that appears in the storytellers' retellings of the moment of destruction.

Keywords:   mnemonic detours, cultural criticism, cityscape, Hiroshima survivors, frozen time, moment of destruction

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