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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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Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory

Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory

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(p.187) Chapter 6 Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory
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Hiroshima Traces
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Lisa Yoneyama

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520085862.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the feminization of memory related to the Hiroshima bombing. The transformation of the official characterization of nationhood from a militant empire to a peace-loving democratic nation has often been represented as a change from a country of masculinised prowess to feminized innocence. The chapter argues that post-war Japanese womanhood became fully implicated in sustaining the myth of national innocence and victimology before, during, and after the war.

Keywords:   feminization of memory, Hiroshima bombing, nationhood, militant empire, democratic nation, feminized innocence, Japanese womanhood

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