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Meaning Connoted by US Military in Oshio Tatsuhiro’s Literature - with the sight of connection between Okinawa, US, and Mainland Japan -

  • 日本硏究
  • 2015, (39), pp.153-176
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2015

SON Ji-Youn 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Meaning Connoted by US Military in Oshio Tatsuhiro’s Literature - with the sight of connection between Okinawa, US, and Mainland Japan - The interest of this paper lies in placing the meaning connoted by character, the US military, in Oshio Tatsuhiro’s literature in the state of same generation, especially in the connection of Okinawa, America, and mainland Japan, and thinking. The virtue of Oshiro’s literature is that when it talks about the relationship of Okinawa and US during postwar, it is not buried in the binary opposition ‘Okinawa vs. US’, rather lies in capturing the close relationship of people and nation, Japan which appears again in the cold war system in postwar. The US military in the debut work of literary circle 『The Junior(二世)』(1957), they are the occupants but the position is ambiguous. By setting the US soldier as the main character, it revealed enough that Okinawa as the occupied, but put-off many criticisms towards the violent occupation system. Contrary to this, the US soldier in 『Cocktail Party』(1967) in itself is the violent and suppressing occupier in every side. Of course the victim is the Okinawan. (especially the women) Though they were published with a difference of 10years, it was verified that the existence of US soldier in both works either regulates the relationship with mainland Japan or that it was the rhetoric strategy which couldn’t be omitted in judging the course of Okinawan identity.

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