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Indigenization and opacity: Self-translation in the Okinawan/Ryûkyûan writings of Takara Ben and Medoruma Shun

Gibeau, Mark


As with many post-colonial writers, contemporary Okinawan writers are faced with a language dilemma. There is no single, neutral language upon which they can unthinkingly draw. Instead they must choose between variants of their native, local or ancestral tongues, the tongue of the colonizer (standardized Japanese) or some combination thereof. This paper examines how two contemporary writers, the poet Takara Ben and the novelist Medoruma Shun, integrate the language dilemma into their works and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Self-Translation: Brokering Originality in Hybrid Culture
DOI: .5040/


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