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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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From Counter-Orientalism to Queer Spirituality

From Counter-Orientalism to Queer Spirituality

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(p.138) Chapter 5 From Counter-Orientalism to Queer Spirituality
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Holy Ghosts
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Rebecca Suter

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840013.003.0006

The chapter investigates representation of the Christian century in the 1990s, after the burst of the financial bubble, and the appropriation of the figure of Amakusa Shirō on the part of youth subcultures, including but not limited to shōjo manga (girls’ comics). It further explores the connection between the representation of the Christian century and the so-called “spirituality boom” of the 1990s and 2000s. Within the context of an increasingly close connection between queer identity and new age spirituality, the representation of the Christian century is used to undermine conventional binary distinctions in culture, morals, and gender. The chapter ends with the analysis of a novel by fashion designer and pop literature author Takemoto Novala, Deusu no sutego (A child abandoned by Deus), focusing on the way in which it retrieves the collective dimension of the rebellion, which had been neglected by most postwar representations.

Keywords:   Amakusa Shirō, subculture, shōjo manga, spirituality boom, queer, Takemoto Novala

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