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Conclusion: The Continuing Effects Of Occupation

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This conclusion chapter gives an overview of the book Japanese Fiction of the Allied Occupation: Vision, Embodiment, Identity. The book discusses a number of the important themes of wartime propaganda and listed the images that supported those themes. It is striking how few of these images appear in Occupation-period fiction, at least in their original forms. In the work of Sakaguchi Ango and Tamura Taijirô, there are references to male passion, strength, and potency, using some of the same images found in wartime propaganda: the blazing heat of male passion and iron-hardness. The book describes the concept of "prosthetic memory" and argued that in fact all memory is prosthetic: there is no possibility of recovering a genuine memory of lived experience.

Keywords: Japanese man; male passion; occupation-period fiction; prosthetic memory; Sakaguchi Ango; Tamura Taijirô; wartime propaganda



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