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Redacted: The Archives of Censorship in Transwar Japan

Jonathan E. Abel


What does censorship produce? Does censorship leave a trace? Where would we find it? How would we measure it? What would this trace capture and indicate about the censor? Redacted opens with these basic questions in order to examine one of the most thoroughly documented modes of literary reception—suppression. The extant archive of the Japanese imperial censor (1923–1945) and the archive of the occupation censor (1945–1952) stand as tangible reminders of the contradictory function of censors—while they remove books from immediate circulation in their own moment, they also secrete them away, pr ... More

Keywords: censorship, archive, critical theory, critique of positivism, critique of presentism, critique of historicism, redaction, Japanese literature, asterisks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273344
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan E. Abel, author