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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

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

John B. Gamber

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824872946.003.0004

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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