Beyond X

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:
Beyond X

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“Beyond X” exposes the root of historical misunderstandings of fuseji by tracking the postwar myths about the marks. Replacing the timeline of chapter 6 with a more nuanced archeology of the marks, “Beyond X” transcends the pitfalls of crass historicization with a look at the postwar nostalgia for the marks that taints our contemporary understanding of history. In order to reverse the myth fostered by nostalgia for imperial censorship, this chapter follows up on a critical imperative to find silent deletion during the imperial regime and marked deletion during the occupation. Broadening the typology presented in chapter 7, this chapter also argues for a wider genealogy of redaction, extending beyond the typographic deletion marker to such markers of deletion as the common image of the covered kiss.

Keywords: genealogy; fuseji; film censorship; music censorship

Chapter.  9940 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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