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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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Resurrection as Zombie Revolution

Resurrection as Zombie Revolution

(p.108) Chapter 4 Resurrection as Zombie Revolution
Holy Ghosts

Rebecca Suter

University of Hawai'i Press

The chapter begins with a historical survey of the Shimabara rebellion, the last revolt of the Christian century, and its significance within premodern and modern ideology, particularly in connection with postwar nationalism and xenophobia. It then offers an analysis of representations of Amakusa Shirō, the leader of the revolt, in modern fiction, including Yokomizo Seishi’s Doguro Kengyō (Skull Abbot, 1939), in which Shirō comes back to life as a vampire to take revenge against the Tokugawa state, and Yamada Fūtarō’s Makai Tenshō (Demon resurrection, 1967), that portrays Shirō’s resurrection in demon form. Yamada’s novel, highly popular in its time, opened a long line of representations of Shirō as a demonic “Other.” The rest of the chapter examines some significant examples of its adaptations and rewritings in film, manga, anime, and videogame format.

Keywords:   Shimabara rebellion, Amakusa Shirō, postwar, nationalism, xenophobia, Yokomizo Seishi, Yamada Fūtarō

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