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Literary Memories Of The Pacific War – Fiction Or Non-Fiction? Some Criteria For Further Research On Japanese War Literature

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Historical memory cannot be reduced exclusively to the 'memory' reconstructed by historical research. Rather, different levels of memory have to be considered when discussing the construction of collective memory. Japan offers a rich body of literary memories of the war written by Japanese soldiers or other individuals directly involved. Ōoka shōhei is one of the leading writers of Japanese literature concerning the war in the Pacific. The field of literature has without doubt contributed a great deal to the construction of Japanese memory of the Pacific War and 'deals with the past' much more emotionally than the official record shaped by historians or government officials and politicians. War literature in Japan seems to be quite advanced and rather critical about the events of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War. one establishes a solid foundation for conducting further research on the literary treatment of war themes by Japanese writers.

Keywords: Ōoka shōhei; Japanese soldiers; literary memories; pacific war; Sino-Japanese War; war literature



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