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Altered Bodies, Strange Vibrations: The Science Fiction of Unno Jūza

Denney, Gray (2022) Altered Bodies, Strange Vibrations: The Science Fiction of Unno Jūza. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Despite the established academic study of early detective fiction in Japan, science fiction of the same period has not received significant attention. To fill this niche, this thesis serves as a specific analysis of the work of Unno Jūza (1897-1949), who was a prolific writer of genre fiction and is often cited as the "father" of Japanese science fiction. Unno's work exemplifies how early Japanese science fiction defines itself through its approach to the bodily consequences of advances in technology, as well as science’s relationship to the state. Additionally, he borrows detective fiction forms, while still using tropes and themes more familiar to science fiction. Finally, Unno’s work is speculative in nature, leaving space for reader interpretation and extrapolation, essentially inviting imaginative readings of his work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Denney, Graygrd30@pitt.eduGRD30
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairExley, Charles
Committee MemberNara, Hiroshi
Committee MemberOyler, Elizabeth
Date: 17 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 March 2022
Approval Date: 17 June 2022
Submission Date: 8 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 50
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: early science fiction japan japanese genre fiction
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 14:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 14:24

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