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This front matter section of the book Japanese Fiction of the Allied Occupation presents the table of contents, list of plates, acknowledgements and note to the reader. The book explores how Japanese writers of fiction working during the Allied Occupation (1945-1952) contributed to the postwar discourses of racial, national, and linguistic identity, as influenced by the historical circumstances of war, defeat, privation, and occupation by a foreign power. One of the main contentions of the study is that the presence of the Occupation forces acted as a mirror in which previously occluded elements of Japanese racial and cultural identity became visible, and were then incorporated sometimes in exaggerated or distorted form into the efforts of writers (and readers) to use narrative in reorienting themselves to the drastically changed social and political environment.

Keywords: allied occupation; foreign power; Japanese fiction; postwar discourses



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