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Holy GhostsThe Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction$
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Rebecca Suter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840013

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840013.001.0001

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Martyrs, Apostates, and the Modern Japanese Subject

Martyrs, Apostates, and the Modern Japanese Subject

(p.72) Chapter 3 Martyrs, Apostates, and the Modern Japanese Subject
Holy Ghosts

Rebecca Suter

University of Hawai'i Press

The chapter continues the analysis of Akutagawa’s Kirishitan mono, focusing on stories about martyrdom and apostasy and the technologies of power that underlie them. In particular, it looks at the notion of tenkō (recant) and its role among the Japanese intelligentsia in the interwar years. The chapter ends with a brief survey of similar themes in postwar fiction, with particular emphasis on Endō Shūsaku’s novel Chinmoku (Silence, 1966) and Yamada Futarō’s Gedō ninpochō (Secret books of the ninjia arts, 1962), both centering on the figure of Jesuit apostate Christovão Ferreira.

Keywords:   Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, martyrdom, apostasy, technologies of power, Endō Shūsaku, Yamada Futarō

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