Jonathan E. Abel

in Redacted

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273344
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953406 | DOI:

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The concept of the archive brings the destructive and productive aspects of censorship together to explain some of the major paradoxes of the modernity: Why does the nation-state prize information and, in the very same moment, suppress particular expressions of knowledge? Where are national secrets held if the nation is public and the secret private? How is empire's persistent desire to record and document related to its incessant need to ban writing and torture dissidents? This study interrogates notions of explicit and implicit censorship, real and imagined controls on discourse, and prohibitions under imperial and democratic regimes in order to examine both the assumption that censorship in Japan was more repressive during the war than after and the revisionist claims that the invisible censorship of the occupation period was more insidious and therefore more repressive than imperial censorship.

Keywords: Etō Jun; archive as metaphor; censorship; empire; war; archival excess

Chapter.  7473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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