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Seditious Obscenities

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520273344.003.0005
Seditious Obscenities

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The fourth chapter considers censorship as a major link between the censors’ primary categories, sedition and obscenity, and two popular literary categories in 1920s Japan, erotic and proletarian literature. Through the figure of Umehara Hokumei (1901–1946), whose work was banned under both categories, this tracking of an ero-puro (erotic and proletarian) sense reveals how suppression of these two avenues for resistance led to the castration of a third—realistic portrayals of state violence in canonical war literature.

Keywords: Umehara Hokumei; proletarian literature; erotic literature; obscenity; sedition

Chapter.  9396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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