The ero-puro sense: Declassifying censored literature from interwar Japan

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Abstract

This paper considers censorship as a major link between and impetus for two popular alternative literary categories in prewar Japan: erotic and proletarian literature. Through the figure of Umehara Hokumei (1901–46) who was banned under both of the censor’s categories, this tracking of an ero-puro sense reveals how suppression of these two avenues for resistance led to the castration of a third-realistic portrayals of state violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-367
Number of pages27
JournalJapan Forum
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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