Beyond the Mushroom Cloud
Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Countless people provided encouragement and support in various forms throughout the writing of this manuscript; their offerings of time, thought, and other resources were gifts received gratefully. Although I am unable to mention all of them by name...
A Note on the Text
In Japanese, the term hibakusha can be rendered in two different ways in writing. When the element baku is written with the Chinese character for ‘‘bomb,’’ it refers to survivors of the atomic bombings of 1945. When baku is written with the Chinese character...
Introduction: The Ethics of Commemoration
On the fortieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Andre´ Ryerson, former professor of French at Amherst College, summed up the descriptions of the bombing that generally characterize commemoration...
Part I: Commemoration
1. Toward a Community of Memory
In his speeches, Akiba Tadatoshi, the mayor of Hiroshima, often refers to three contributions that the hibakusha have made to the world. First, even after enduring unimaginable experiences, they have demonstrated their courage by choosing...
2. Dialogue with the Dead: the Yasukuni Shinto Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Since its opening in 1867, the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo has entombed and enshrined Japanese soldiers and civilians killed in wartime service, in an attempt to at once console their souls and glorify their sacrifices on behalf of the nation...
Part II: Religious Interpretations
3. Beyond Good and Evil: Kōji Shigenobu and the True Pure Land Understanding of the Atomic Bombing
Ian Buruma has written that ‘‘religion was linked to the nuclear bombs from the beginning.’’1 Unprecedented in the scope of their devastation, and so excessive in their horror as to be beyond the purview of everyday language, the explosions of the atomic...
4. Sacrificial Lambsnagai: Nagai Takashi and the Roman Catholic Interpretation of the Bombing
In the previous chapter, we examined True Pure Land priest Kōji Shigenobu’s attempt to understand the atomic bombing by drawing upon religious resources, and thereby generating an ethics of ‘‘not retaliation, but...
Part III: Responsibility
5. Women in Atomic Bomb Narratives: Hagiography, Alterity, and Non-Nomological Ethics
The eponymous protagonist of the television drama Yumechiyo Nikki, or The Diary of Yumechiyo (hereafter Yumechiyo), is thirty-four years old and has been diagnosed with leukemia. Her illness is attributed to her exposure, while still a fetus...
Postscript: After Too Many Mushroom Clouds
During a presentation in a class on ‘‘atom bomb discourse’’ that I teach at DePaul University, one group of students showed a film clip from Wasabi, a 2001 French movie written by Luc Besson and directed by Gérard Krawczyk, in which a group...
On March 11, 2011, while this book was in the final stages of preparation for publication, a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, crippling the four reactors in one of Fukushima’s two nuclear power plants...
Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 821725644
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