【Books】Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster

9781138670587

Edited by Barbara Geilhorn and Kristina Iwata-Weickgennant

The natural and man-made cataclysmic events of the 11 March 2011 disaster, or 3.11, have dramatically altered the status quo of contemporary Japanese society. While much has been written about the social, political, economic, and technical aspects of the disaster, this volume represents one of the first in-depth explorations of the cultural responses to the devastating tsunami, and in particular the ongoing nuclear disaster of Fukushima.

This book explores a wide range of cultural responses to the Fukushima nuclear calamity by analyzing examples from literature, poetry, manga, theatre, art photography, documentary and fiction film, and popular music. Individual chapters examine the changing positionality of post-3.11 northeastern Japan and the fear-driven conflation of time and space in near-but-far urban centers; explore the political subversion and nostalgia surrounding the Fukushima disaster; expose the ambiguous effects of highly gendered representations of fear of nuclear threat; analyze the musical and poetic responses to disaster; and explore the political potentialities of theatrical performances. By scrutinizing various media narratives and taking into account national and local perspectives, the book sheds light on cultural texts of power, politics, and space.

Providing an insight into the post-disaster Zeitgeist as expressed through a variety of media genres, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Japanese Culture, Popular Culture, and Literature Studies.

<Table of Contents>

1. Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt and Barbara Geilhorn “Negotiating Nuclear Disaster: an Introduction”

2. Rachel DiNitto “Literature Maps Disaster: The Contending Narratives of 3.11 Fiction”

3.Scott Aalgaard “Summertime Blues: Musical Critique in the Aftermaths of Japan’s ‘Dark Spring’”

4.Pablo Figueroa “Subversion and Nostalgia in Art Photography of the Fukushima Disaster”

5. Saeko Kimura “Uncanny Anxiety: Literature after Fukushima”

6.Hideaki Fujiki “Problematizing Life: Documentary Films on the 3.11 Nuclear Catastrophe”

7. Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt “Gendering ‘Fukushima’: Resistance, Self-responsibility, and Female Hysteria in Sono Sion’s Land of Hope”

8.Cody Poulton “Antigone in Japan: Life and Death in ‘Fukushima’”

9. Jeffrey Angles “Poetry in an Era of Nuclear Power: Three Poetic Responses to Fukushima”

10. Barbara Geilhorn “Challenging Reality with Fiction: Imagining Alternative Readings of Japanese Society in Post-Fukushima Theatre”

11. Lorie Brau “Oishinbo’s Fukushima Elegy: Grasping for the truth about radioactivity in a food manga”

12.Kyōko Iwaki “The Politics of the Senses: Takayama Akira’s Atomized Theatre after Fukushima”

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