Redacted: The Archives of Censorship in Transwar Japan

Redacted: The Archives of Censorship in Transwar Japan

by Jonathan Abel

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At the height of state censorship in Japan, more indexes of banned books circulated, more essays on censorship were published, more works of illicit erotic and proletarian fiction were produced, and more passages were Xed out than at any other moment before or since. As censors construct and maintain their own archives, their acts of suppression yield another archive, filled with documents on, against, and in favor of censorship. The extant archive of the Japanese imperial censor (1923-1945) and the archive of the Occupation censor (1945-1952) stand as tangible reminders of this contradictory function of censors. As censors removed specific genres, topics, and words from circulation, some Japanese writers converted their offensive rants to innocuous fluff after successive encounters with the authorities. But, another coterie of editors, bibliographers, and writers responded to censorship by pushing back, using their encounters with suppression as incitement to rail against the authorities and to appeal to the prurient interests of their readers. This study examines these contradictory relationships between preservation, production, and redaction to shed light on the dark valley attributed to wartime culture and to cast a shadow on the supposedly bright, open space of free postwar discourse. (Winner of the 2010-2011 First Book Award of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University” ).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520273344
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/13/2012
Series: Asia Pacific Modern , #11
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Abel is Assistant Professor In the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on the Translation

Introduction: Archiving Censors

Part I. Preservation
1. The Censor’s Archives and Beyond
2. Indices of Censorship
3. Essaying the Censors

Part II. Production
4. Seditious Obscenities
5. Literary Casualties of War

Part III. Redaction
6. Epigraphs
7. Redactionary Literature
8. Beyond X
9. Unnaming and the Language of Slaves

10. Redaction Countertime


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