Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory

Lisa Yoneyama

in Hiroshima Traces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780520085862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914896 | DOI:
Postwar Peace and the Feminization of Memory

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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

Chapter.  9493 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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