Art, Literature, and the Japanese American Internment

On John Okada's No-No Boy
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ISBN-13:
9783631659373
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
22.04.2015
Seiten:
261
Autor:
Thomas Girst
Gewicht:
443 g
Format:
228x9x3 mm
Serie:
12, American Culture
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This study explores the cultural trajectory of Japanese American internment, both during and after World War II. It also provides the most exhaustive biographical outline of John Okada to date and refutes the assumption that his novel No-No Boy was all but shunned when first published. A close reading positions the book within world literature.
Contents: Japanese American Internment and the Holocaust - Artistic Expression and Internment (Isamu Noguchi, Miné Okubo) - Publication History, Reception and Teaching of Okada’s «No-No Boy» - Italo Calvino - John Okada, Writer and World War II Veteran - Reading «No-No Boy» as World Literature.
How can art, how can prose and poetry originate in spite of the restraints of manipulation, propaganda, and censorship? This study explores such issues by focusing on the cultural trajectory of Japanese American internment, both during and after World War II. Previously unknown documents as well as interviews with friends and family reveal new aspects of John Okada's (1923-1971) life and writing, providing a comprehensive biographical outline of the author. The book refutes the assumption that Okada's novel No-No Boy was all but shunned when first published in 1957. A close reading as well as a comparative study involving Italo Calvino's (1923-1985) Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1985) position Okada's only book as world literature.

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