Redactionary Literature

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:
Redactionary Literature

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The seventh chapter examines the usage of redaction marks published in one of the major literary venues in Japan, the general-interest magazine Kaizō (Reconstruction). This study identifies three major categories of deletion marks throughout the period: word-for-word replacement of proper names; word-for-word replacement of taboo concepts; and deletions of large, irreplaceable swaths of text. What all the marks share is the possibility of a dual signification, pointing toward both that which has been removed and the act of removal itself. In order to be sensitive to specific uses of deletion marks, the chapter draws on manuscripts, examination copies of the censors, original pressings as serialized novels in Kaizō, and subsequent print editions, tracking the use of deletion marks in works by Kawabata Yasunari, Tanizaki Junichirō, Tokuda Shūsei, Fujimori Seikichi, Edogawa Ranpo, Kobayashi Takiji, Nakano Shigeharu, Kuroshima Denji, and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke.

Keywords: Kaizō; fuseji; historicization; archaeology; critique of presentism; critique of positivism

Chapter.  17307 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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