IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(4): 195-200 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.4.94

Voices against Violations: Eugenics in Literature

Masami Usui
Abstract—Contemporary literature is seriously confronted with the unavoidable multilayered conflicts and violations in the age of globalization. Both Kazuo Ishiguro (1956-) and Yuko Tsushima (1947-2016) have been challenging to express these conflicts that have occurred repeatedly and threatened human lives in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With a common Japanese background, both writers have been obsessed with the consequences of World War II and the devastated waste land crashed by atomic bombings as an archetypal image of victimized Japan in their minds. Furthermore, they been consistently witnessing and considering the contemporary violent and chaotic incidents on the globe. Because of their consciousness of the past devastation, both Ishiguro and Tsushima have possessed the keen insight into the contemporary issues. In their literature, both of them fight against whatever degrades the dignity of life and especially they focus on eugenics as its most notorious example in human history which mercilessly changed the destiny of innocent people.

Index Terms—Global literature, World War II, atomic bombing literature, eugenics.

Masami Usui is with the Doshisha University, Karasuma-Higashiiru, Kamigyo, Kyoto, Japan 602-8580 (e-mail: musui@mail.doshisha.ac.jp).

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Cite:Masami Usui, "Voices against Violations: Eugenics in Literature," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 195-200, 2016.

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