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Karen Tei YamashitaFictions of Magic and Memory$
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A. Robert Lee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824872946

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.001.0001

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“Dancing with Goblins in Plastic Jungles”

“Dancing with Goblins in Plastic Jungles”

History, Nikkei Transnationalism, and Romantic Environmentalism in Through the Arc of the Rain Forest

(p.39) Chapter Three “Dancing with Goblins in Plastic Jungles”
Karen Tei Yamashita

John B. Gamber

University of Hawai'i Press

Yamashita’s longstanding interest in the biosphere and environmentalism comes under scrutiny in this essay, especially as manifested Through the Arc of the Rainforest. The novel’s magic-realist vision of the depredations into the Amazon as one of the earth’s necessary lungs by corporate self-interest is linked to a long hinterland of interest in environmentalism – from Emerson to Rachel Carson. The essay explores Yamashita’s play of plastic and bacterial imagery within her narrative.

Keywords:   Environment, Rainforest, Consumerism, Commodity, Plastic, Bacteria, Specieside

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