Hiroshima Traces Time, Space, and the Dialectics of Memory

ISBN-10: 0520085876
ISBN-13: 9780520085879
Edition: 1999
Authors: Lisa Yoneyama
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/16/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Remembering Hiroshima, the city obliterated by the world's first nuclear attack, has been a complicated and intensely politicized process, as we learn from Lisa Yoneyama's sensitive investigation of the "dialectics of memory." She explores unconventional texts and dimensions of culture involved in constituting Hiroshima memories--including history textbook controversies, discourses on the city's tourism and urban renewal projects, campaigns to preserve atomic ruins, survivors' testimonial practices, ethnic Koreans' narratives on Japanese colonialism, and the feminized discourse on peace--in order to illuminate the politics of knowledge about the past and present. In the way battles over memories have been expressed as material struggles over the cityscape itself, we see that not all share the dominant remembering of Hiroshima's disaster, with its particular sense of pastness, nostalgia, and modernity. The politics of remembering, in Yoneyama's analysis, is constituted by multiple and contradictory senses of time, space, and positionality, elements that have been profoundly conditioned by late capitalism and intensifying awareness of post-Cold War and postcolonial realities. Hiroshima Traces, besides clarifying the discourse surrounding this unforgotten catastrophe, reflects on questions that accompany any attempts to recover marginalized or silenced experiences. At a time when historical memories around the globe appear simultaneously threatening and in danger of obliteration, Yoneyama asks how acts of remembrance can serve the cause of knowledge without being co-opted and deprived of their unsettling, self-critical qualities.

Prologue
Introduction
Cartographies of Memory
Taming the Memoryscape
Memories in Ruins
Storytellers
On Testimonial Practices
Mnemonic Detours
Memory and Positionality
Ethnic and Colonial Memories: The Korean Atom Bomb Memorial
Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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