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Japanese Imperialism in Contemporary English Fiction

From Dejima to Malaya

Authors: Wang, Ching-chih

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  • Analyzes the rise of Japanese imperialism through contemporary literature
  • Examines how a nation’s anxiety for unification justified invasion and colonisation
  • Showcases the relevance of literature in understanding memory, legacy and war
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This book considers literary images of Japan created by David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Tan Twan Eng to examine the influence of Japanese imperialism and its legacy at a time when culture was appropriated as route to governmentality and violence justified as root to peace. Using David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Tan Twang Eng’s The Garden of the Evening Mists and Kazuo Ishiguro’s work to examine Japanese militarists’ tactics of usurpation and how Japanese imperialism reached out to the grass-root public and turned into a fundamental belief in colonial invasion and imperial expansion, the book provides an in depth study of trauma, memory and war. From studying the rise of Japanese imperialism to Japan’s legitimization of colonial invasion, in addition to the devastating consequences of imperialism on both the colonizers and the colonized, the book provides a literary, discursive context to re-examine the forces of civilization which will appeal to all those interested in diasporic literature and postcolonial discourse, and the continued relevance of literature in understanding memory, legacy and war. 

About the authors

Ching-chih Wang is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics, National Taipei University, Taiwan. She graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University and her PhD focused on the development of the Japanese empire and Sino-Japanese wars. She specializes in contemporary English novels study, postcolonial studies and Japan in British fiction. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Japanese Empire as an Excrescence of Imperialism

    Pages 1-11

    Wang, Ching-chih

  • Riches and Realities: The Uncommon Wealth in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    Pages 13-29

    Wang, Ching-chih

  • The “Broader Canvas” in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Pacific War Stories

    Pages 31-54

    Wang, Ching-chih

  • Inscribing the Legacy of Japanese Imperialism in The Garden of Evening Mists

    Pages 55-78

    Wang, Ching-chih

  • Conclusion: Borrowing Scenes from Japan’s Colonial Empire

    Pages 79-82

    Wang, Ching-chih

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0462-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0461-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Imperialism in Contemporary English Fiction
Book Subtitle
From Dejima to Malaya
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0462-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0462-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0461-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 91
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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