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Epigraphs

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/9780520273344.003.0007
Epigraphs

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Chapter 6, “Epigraphs,” provides a brief historical overview of the rise and fall of typographic markers of deletion (fuseji). Counter to mainstream understanding, which figures censorship as public and known during the imperial regime and secret and hidden during the occupation, this timeline shows that the markers were being phased out long before the defeat. Hidden and secret censorship is an ineluctable part of all censorships. As censorship becomes internalized and self-censorship takes hold, the positive markers of censorship also fade from public view, transforming into new, less overt modes of expressing illegal ideas. The noticeable absenting of the overt markers in the late 1930s suggests the contours of self-censorship and begins to sketch the continuum from external, legal suppression to internal, psychical repression.

Keywords: fuseji; deletion; redaction; negation; historicization; historicity; archeology; genealogy; critique of positivism

Chapter.  4662 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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