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:

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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

Chapter.  2543 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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