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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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Humor in Through the Arc of the Rain Forest and Brazil-Maru

(p.59) Chapter Four Did You Hear the One About … ?
Karen Tei Yamashita

Chris LaLonde

University of Hawai'i Press

If Yamashita has pursued serious enough themes of environmental damage or the set-backs to dreams of ideal Japanese settlement in Brazil (respectively in the two titles within the chapter title), that is not to underplay the force of wit and humor in her writings. This essay deconstructs Yamashita’s seams of dark laughter, her deft irony, whether behind the talking ball and Chicolandia inThrough the Arc or the funny-sardonic conversations as to actual as against utopian Nikkei historic community in Brazil-Maru.

Keywords:   Brazil, Rainforest, Settlement, Humor, Irony, Fantasy, History

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