Literary Casualties of War

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:
Literary Casualties of War

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The fifth chapter, “Bodies at War,” examines how canonical authors, narratives of war, and images of bodies in those narratives are under the constant sway of censorship. Four case studies ground this look at the internalization of censors’ methods across the war. A comparison of the examination copies of both the imperial and occupation censors reveals the similarities in the offense taken by the two regimes to Kuroshima Denji's proletarian Militarized Streets. Attention to the censorship of Tanizaki Jun’ichirō's first postwar novel, The Letters of Mrs. A, underscores the continuities in his career of negotiating the borders of the speakable. A comparison of Hino Ashihei's canonical war story, Wheat and Soldiers, and Ishikawa Tatsuzō's banned novel of war atrocities, Living Soldiers, identifies images of dead soldiers as central to understanding representations of war through censorship. Finally, careful analysis of the authorial excisions from the manuscript of Ōoka Shōhei's Record of a Prisoner of War shows how close we may be able to get to the black box of self-censorship and its relationship to external censorship.

Keywords: war literature; canon; censor; bestsellers; colonial censorship; empire and censorship

Chapter.  12312 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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