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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan
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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Kirsten Cather

Abstract

In 2002 a manga (comic book) was for the first time successfully charged with the crime of obscenity in the Japanese courts. This book traces how this case represents the most recent in a long line of sensational landmark obscenity trials that have dotted the history of postwar Japan. The objects of these trials range from a highbrow literary translation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and modern adaptations and reprintings of Edo-period pornographic literary “classics” by authors such as Nagai Kafū to soft core and hard core pornographic films, including a collection of still photographs and the s ... More

Keywords: manga, comic book, obscenity, Japanese courts, obscenity trials, postwar Japan, literature, Ōshima Nagisa, adult manga

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835873
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirsten Cather, author
University of Texas at Austin