Unnaming and the Language of Slaves

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:
Unnaming and the Language of Slaves

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The final chapter engages directly with two conceptions of the efficacy of redaction as a form of dissent. Elaborating on a passing comment by proletarian writer Nakano Shigeharu that fuseji constituted a futile “language of slaves,” this chapter maps a rubric for understanding the politics behind the many uses and abuses of the marks. The tension between a successfully subversive “Aesopian language” that communicates through the marks and a complicit “language of slaves” that is forced to capitulate with the state in order to say anything is evident in the visible marks of censorship present in the censors’ copies of Nakano's literature itself.

Keywords: Nakano Shigeharu; Aesopian language; language of slaves; Leo Strauss; persecution; suppression; metaphor

Chapter.  13842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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