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The Alien WithinRepresentations of the Exotic in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature$
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Leith Morton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832926

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832926.001.0001

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History/Fiction/Identity

History/Fiction/Identity

Ōshiro Tatsuhiro and the Uncanny

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(p.155) Chapter 7 History/Fiction/Identity
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The Alien Within
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Leith Morton

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832926.003.0008

This chapter explores a long historical novel that depicts the noro, female shamans who played an important role in the establishment of the independent Ryükyü kingdom in the fifteenth century. The novel deals with a famous noro and her romance with the Ryükyü king, along with the consequences this had for history. The novel also examines the role played bynoro, who are practitioners of uncanny arts and are objects of fear and awe for ordinary Okinawans. Öshiro Tatsuhiro again studies the nature of the exotic or the uncanny, in an attempt to define the identity not merely of the Okinawan people but also of the historic Ryükyü state.

Keywords:   noro, female shamans, Ryükyü kingdom, uncanny arts, Okinawan people, Öshiro Tatsuhiro

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