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This book extensively analyzes the literary works of fiction that draw on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. This disaster inspired literally hundreds of fictional works in Japan from the time of the events through 2017. This response represents a unique and perhaps unprecedented cultural phenomenon in the world. Since a variety of writers in different genres, and even amateurs, have written and published books inspired by their experiences of the disaster, it is extremely difficult to cover the entire body of Japanese "post-3.11 literature". Because of the breadth of this literary response, there is a scarcity of research on the subject available. This book offers the first comprehensive review of Japan's recent post-disaster literary production to the English audience.
About the Author
Koichi Haga is associate professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at Josai International University in Japan.