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Writing The Traumatized Self: Tenkō In The Literature Of Shiina Rinzō

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In this chapter, in exploring the evolution in Shiina Rinzō's literary treatment of the experience of tenkō, the author shows how &t;issues of biography and history are neither simply represented, nor simply reflected, but reinscribed, translated, radically rethought and fundamentally worked over by the text&t;. To Shoshana Felman, this process necessitates a focus on the symbiotic relationship that exists between contextualization of the text and textualization of the contextthe benefit to the critic being potential new avenues of insight, both into the texts at stake and into their contextthe political, historical, and biographical realities with which the texts are dynamically involved and within which their particular creative possibilities are themselves inscribed.

Keywords: Shiina Rinzō; Shoshana Felman; tenkō



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