Type of Document Dissertation Author Louis, Shirley Sadayo Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04142008-171449 Title Shirley Temple Dreams Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department English, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Mark Winegardner Committee Chair Christopher Shinn Committee Member Julianna Baggot Committee Member Neil Jumonville Committee Member Robert Olen Butler Committee Member Keywords
- World War II
Date of Defense 2008-04-09 Availability unrestricted AbstractShirley Temple Dreams is a collection of linked stories about Japanese Americans before, during, and after World War II, the times ranging from the turn of the century to the postwar fifties. Eleven stories are structured into three parts: stories that are situated in Japan; stories in American internment camps; and stories of postwar diaspora and return.
The collection opens with a story about a writer who realizes the centrality of stories in her life, and it closes with a story about a man who learns to share his stories. These stories are about passages—of time and place; of one generation that strides into the future and another that searches the past; of the move from foreign soil to the fields and forests of the western United States; of settlement, displacement, and resettlement. The stories are set against the backdrop of social trauma, but they are foremost about people—characters in trouble, man-made and self-made—and how they cope, survive, or fail.
I have brought to these stories my interest in Japanese culture, literature, and folk lore as well as American popular culture. The tension between the two sides of the hyphenated identity, Japanese-American, is a major presence. Inclusion vs. exclusion, the group vs. the individual, duty vs. freedom are classical themes now seen through the lens of an “other.”
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