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    Scatter and resist: Ferrier writing Fukushima

    Kawakami, Akane (2022) Scatter and resist: Ferrier writing Fukushima. Journal of Romance Studies 22 (1), pp. 49-71. ISSN 1473-3536.

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    Abstract

    This article explores the many ways in which Michaël Ferrier, novelist, academic, and essayist, writes about the triple disaster, known in the west as ‘Fukushima’, that struck Japan on 11 March 2011. He travelled up to the stricken area from Tokyo and wrote a witness account of his experiences, Fukushima: récit d’un désastre [‘Fukushima, Account of a Disaster’] (2012). During the ten years since Ferrier has continued to write prolifically about the disaster and its aftermath. This article discusses the hybrid genres used in Fukushima: récit d’un désastre to capture the appalling realities Ferrier witnessed and analyses how the generic hybridity arises from what I call an aesthetics of scatteredness, a model that also accurately describes the ensemble of his writings on Fukushima. It will also show how Ferrier’s generic choices indicate his ecological awareness and his desire to decentre the human in thecontext of disaster writing.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Michaël Ferrier, Francophone transnational literature, Japan, disaster literature, ecocriticism, generic hybridity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Akane Kawakami
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2023 16:39
    Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 20:13
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/52551

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