The <i>ero-puro</i> sense: declassifying censored literature from interwar Japan

  • Abel J
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Abstract

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.

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  • censorship
  • erotic literature
  • proletarian literature
  • resistance

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  • Jonathan E. Abel

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