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Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction

Rebecca Suter


This book looks at the repeated reappearance in modern fiction of the so-called “Christian century” of Japan, the period between the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in 1549 and the Shimabara rebellion of 1637–1638, the last Christian revolt before the final ban on the foreign religion under the Tokugawa regime. Literature authors as different as Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Endō Shūsaku, Yamada Fūtarō, and Takemoto Novala, as well as film directors, manga and anime authors, and videogame producers have expressed their fascination with the cultural negotiations of the Christian century, and produced cre ... More

Keywords: Japan, Christian century, creative interpretation, cultural negotiation, East-West relations, global modernity, Japanese literature, Japanese film, manga, anime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840013
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Suter, author
University of Sydney