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Whores of God and Sainted Mothers: The Construction of Christian Women in Japanese Fiction, Drama, and Cinema

October 23, 2009 - 12:00pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
CEAS BROWN BAG SERIES Kevin Wetmore, Jr., Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Loyola Marymount University Japan is less than one percent Christian, yet numerous writers and artists are either Christian or Christian educated. Furthermore, even non-Christian writers frequently employ Christianity as synechdoche for the West or outside matrix of critique of Japan. In this lecture, the manner in which Christian women are presented in Japanese fiction (such as the novels of Endo Shusaku), drama (such as the plays of Tanaka Chikao and Yashiro Seiichi) and film (everything from Shiro Amakusa Shimabara to nunsploitation films) is explored as part of a larger analysis of the presentation of things gaijin within Japan and Japanese culture.
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Center for East Asian Studies
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