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Performing Heteroglossia: Contesting "War Bride" Discourses, Exploring Histories of 'Kokoro" with Four Senryu Writers

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Title

Performing Heteroglossia: Contesting "War Bride" Discourses, Exploring Histories of 'Kokoro" with Four Senryu Writers

Subject

Japanese American history
Japanese migrants in the United States
Senryu, Japanese

Description

ABSTRACT
My thesis explores the diasporic memories and poetic practices of four "Japanese war brides" in the state ofWashington, U.S.A. My analysis is based on a two-month ethnographic study where I focused on their poetic practices called senryu. Based on a Bakhtinian analysis of"heteroglossic utterances" I theorize the writers as
heteroglossic subjects who performatively move between "culturally different" discursive spaces, each ofwhich has a set ofpower-relations and a set of discourses that organize it. When the writers tell their experiences in the discursive space ofsenryu, I argue, these
stories disturb their identity determined by the dominant "war bride" discourses. In my thesis, I re-tell the stories the writers shared with me during my interviews
with them. By bringing together their individual voices, I attempt to show how they together generate new accounts about their transnational experiences and their diasporic, multi-voiced sense of home and identities.

Creator

Yoshimizu, Ayaka

Publisher

Simon Fraser University

Date

2004

Rights

All rights reserved.

Format

application/pdf

Language

eng

Type

dissertation