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"9066" tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Japanese-American girl interned at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in the early 1940s, utilizing two distinct modes: her confessional narration of her own life, and her directorial narration of the Japanese myths and fairy tales which she guides other internee children to act out. Scenes of her life, including descriptions of the camp and her falling in love with one of the young men who participates in her mythical stories, alternate with the tales themselves, which are edited and adapted to suit the desert setting and the imaginary elements of their reenactment. In the Japanese creation myth, the adventures of Prince Yamato Take, and the story of Lady Kaguya and the Moon People, the narrator's unvoiced feelings and suppressed emotions emerge thematically within reclaimed mythology. The piece required historical research into the conditions of Manzanar and its psychogeographical effects on the internees; a survey of modern Japanese media, especially the work of contemporary authors Kazuo Ishiguro and Haruki Murakami; and an examination of Jeanette Winterson's work as a model for balancing fairy-tales with realistic storytelling in a piece of fiction. Developing a viable voice for 9066's narrator necessitated identifying and integrating the themes of isolation and repression that run through Japanese media and World War II-era literature alike; and the bereavement of the internees' citizenship and their ordinary lives segues into themes of naming and identity, which are also critical to relevant media both contemporary and modern. The narrator's character arc encompasses the bewilderment and frustration of the dispossessed internees but concludes with her resolution to create a new home much in the way the Japanese gods create a new world in the legend at the beginning of the piece.
MA English and Creative Writing
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