Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Weak PlanetLiterature and Assisted Survival$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Wai Chee Dimock

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226477077

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226477077.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 22 September 2021

Remotely Japanese

Remotely Japanese

William Faulkner Indigenous and Trans-Pacific

Chapter:
(p.151) 6 Remotely Japanese
Source:
Weak Planet
Author(s):

Wai Chee Dimock

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226477077.003.0007

This chapter takes up the question of reparation. How can we begin to make amends, and how to ensure that such efforts are not fantasies? The chapter looks at the long-distance atonement of Faulkner as he reaches out in apology to Japan after World War II, hoping in the same gesture to reach out in apology to displaced Choctaws and Cherokees in Mississippi. This attempt at reparation, largely wishful, becomes less so when crowd-sourced by chance, distributed to Native and immigrant authors far from Faulkner’s orbit, whose weak connectivity makes them resourceful mediators. Gerald Vizenor, Jim Barnes, and Lucien Stryk are rarely seen in the company of Faulkner. Unbeknownst to him, they have built a resilient set of ties giving substance to his hoped-for atonement. Taking many forms over the years, from teaching appointments in regional universities, to dedicated translation of Japanese haiku, to the sending and receiving of postcards, this trans-Pacific network, low-key and steadfast, links the catastrophe of New World genocide to the catastrophe of the atomic bombs without being fixated on either—a nonlinear mediation, speaking for Faulkner and perhaps in his despite.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, Japan, World War II, Choctaw, Cherokee, indigenous dispossession, Gerald Vizenor, Jim Barnes, Lucien Stryk, atomic bombs

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.