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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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An Incomplete Journey

An Incomplete Journey

Settlement and Power in Brazil-Maru

(p.90) Chapter Six An Incomplete Journey
Karen Tei Yamashita

Nicholas Birns

University of Hawai'i Press

Brazil-Maru turns greatly on the impact of Rousseau as philosophic influence in designing the ideal community. Birns assesses this legacy in the creation of Esperança (Hope) in Yamashita’s novel as precisely a would-be yet failed utopia. He draws careful attention to the depiction of the community’s hopes and fault-lines, the generational interaction of leader and follower, and the dialectic of good faith and betrayal.

Keywords:   Rousseau, Utopia, Settlement, Community, Leadership, Betrayal, Family

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