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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

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

Lisa Yoneyama

University of California Press

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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