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War Brides as Transnational Subjects in Mori Reiko’s The Town of the Mockingbird

Linda Flores    Oxford University    

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Mori Reiko’s 1979 Akutagawa prize-winning story The Town of the Mockingbirds portrays a community of Japanese war brides in a small military base town in Midwestern America. The narrative explores how the release from prison of Jun, a war bride imprisoned for killing her son, impacts on the community. Employing Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih’s theory of “minor transnationalism” this article explores how the protagonist, Keiko, connects with her community across binaristic lines of gender, culture and nation.

Accepted
Dec. 9, 2016
Submitted
Sept. 8, 2015
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-153-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-152-2

Keywords: Françoise LionnetWar BridesMori Reiko“The Town of the Mockingbirds”Language HybridityTransnational Literature‘Minor Transnationalism’Shu-mei Shih

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