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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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(p.211) Epilogue
Hiroshima Traces

Lisa Yoneyama

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the impact of survivors' testimonies and storytelling on the remembering of the Hiroshima bombing, suggesting that the survivors' recollections appeared to function in unison only to reinforce and naturalize the dominant ideology and national imagination. It also describes how the nationalization of the city's destruction through discursive linkages with other instances of nuclear destruction has worked to construct a narrative of national innocence and victimhood.

Keywords:   Hiroshima bombing, survivors' testimonies, national imagination, discursive linkages, nuclear destruction, national innocence, victimhood

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