Rebecca Suter's Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese PDF

By Rebecca Suter

ISBN-10: 0824840011

ISBN-13: 9780824840013

ISBN-10: 0824875230

ISBN-13: 9780824875237

Christians are a tiny minority in Japan, below one percentage of the complete inhabitants. but Christianity is ubiquitous in jap pop culture. From the large mutant “angels” of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise to the Jesus-themed cocktails loved by way of shoppers in Tokyo’s Christon café, jap pop culture appropriates Christianity in either funny and unsettling methods. by way of treating the Western faith as an unique cultural perform, eastern exhibit the reversibility of cultural stereotypes and strength us to re-evaluate universal perspectives of world cultural flows and East-West relations.

Of specific curiosity is the repeated reappearance in smooth fiction of the so-called “Christian century” of Japan (1549–1638), the interval among the coming of the Jesuit missionaries and the final Christian insurrection earlier than the ultimate ban at the overseas faith. Literary authors as diverse as Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Endō Shūsaku, Yamada Fūtarō, and Takemoto Novala, in addition to movie administrators, manga and anime authors, and videogame manufacturers have all expressed their fascination with the lives and works of Catholic missionaries and jap converts and produced imaginitive reinterpretations of the interval. In Holy Ghosts, Rebecca Suter explores the explanations at the back of the recognition of the Christian century in smooth jap fiction and displays at the position of cross-cultural representations in Japan. because the beginning of the ports within the Meiji interval, Japan’s dating with Euro-American tradition has oscillated among a force in the direction of Westernization and an antithetical urge to “return to Asia.” Exploring the twentieth-century’s fascination with the Christian Century permits Suter to mirror on sleek Japan’s complicated blend of Orientalism, self-Orientalism, and Occidentalism.

By on reflection at a time whilst the japanese interacted with Europeans in ways in which have been either just like and various from smooth dealings, fictional representations of the Christian century supply a chance to mirror severely not just on cross-cultural negotiation but additionally extra extensively on either jap and Western social and political formations. The ghosts of the Christian century that hang-out sleek eastern fiction hence advised us to reconsider traditional notions of East-West exchanges, mutual representations, and tool family members, complicating our knowing of world modernity.

Show description

Read Online or Download Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction PDF

Best religious studies books

New PDF release: Historical Dictionary of the Crusades (Historical

The crusades have been one of the longest and such a lot sour wars in human background and consisted of at the very least seven significant expeditions from Western Europe from the past due eleventh to the early 14th centuries for the aim of wresting Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the keep an eye on of the Muslims. finally, it used to be the Muslims who received, and the Christians who suffered an incredible setback, and the center East remained firmly in Muslim fingers.

Read e-book online Education in Conflict (Religious Diversity and Education in PDF

Lower than what stipulations is it attainable for individuals with various outlooks on lifestyles and diverse ethnic backgrounds to dwell jointly in peace? within the Netherlands, as in different eu nations, this query has been on the centre of public debate for it slow and lately has concentrated specifically on spiritual range.

Get Dissertations on the Origin, Nature, and Pursuits, of PDF

In contrast to another reproductions of vintage texts (1) we haven't used OCR(Optical personality Recognition), as this results in undesirable caliber books with brought typos. (2) In books the place there are photographs reminiscent of photos, maps, sketches and so forth we now have endeavoured to maintain the standard of those pictures, so that they signify appropriately the unique artefact.

Download e-book for kindle: International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in by Judith D. Chapman,Sue McNamara,Michael J. Reiss,Yusef Waghid

The foreign guide on studying, instructing and best in religion dependent faculties is overseas in scope. it truly is addressed to coverage makers, teachers, schooling execs and participants of the broader group. The ebook is split into 3 sections. (1) the academic, ancient, Social and Cultural Context, which goals to: establish the tutorial, ancient, social and cultural bases and contexts for the improvement of studying, instructing and management in faith-based faculties throughout quite a number foreign settings;Consider the present tendencies, matters and controversies dealing with the supply and nature of schooling in faith-based colleges; research the demanding situations confronted via faith-based colleges and their function and responses to present debates relating technology and faith in society and its associations.

Extra resources for Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction by Rebecca Suter


by Mark
4.4

Rated 4.88 of 5 – based on 49 votes