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Manchukuo PerspectivesTransnational Approaches to Literary Production$
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Annika A. Culver and Norman Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528134

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528134.001.0001

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The Imagination of Heterogeneous Space and Implicit Transformations of Identity

The Imagination of Heterogeneous Space and Implicit Transformations of Identity

Manchukuo’s “Japanese” and “Manchurian” Detective Novelists

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(p.239) 15 The Imagination of Heterogeneous Space and Implicit Transformations of Identity
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Manchukuo Perspectives
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Zhan Li

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528134.003.0016

Shackled by contemporary consumer culture and official dictates, a number of writers in Manchukuo created detective novels based on Chinese and Japanese examples. This chapter analyses how detective novelists depicted their imagined Manchurias. Their fiction not only reveals the mindsets of Manchukuo’s writers or those depicting it later, but also evinces their devotion to literature, experiences, and impressions. Japanese writers were arguably both colonizers and colonized, with some expressing this mentality deep into the post-war era, while Chinese writers maintained dual identities of colonized peoples also conciliatory to the colonizing state.

Keywords:   Manchukuo, detective stories, Qilin, Xin Manzhou, Ōba Taketoshi, Ayukawa Tetsuya, Jin Yuan, Li Ran

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