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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan$
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Kirsten Cather

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835873

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.001.0001

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The Legacy of Chatterley

The Legacy of Chatterley

Sade (1961–1969) and Beyond

(p.67) Chapter 2 The Legacy of Chatterley
The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Kirsten Cather

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the other censorship trials subsequent to the Chatterley trial. In particular, it explores how the other trials conformed to and departed from the template established in the Chatterley trial. On the one hand, there was a striking continuity in the kinds of structuring arguments over the legitimacy (or illegitimacy) of the medium, the contemporary state of morality among youths and females, the relationship of art to reality, especially with representations of female sexuality. On the other hand, the subsequent trials also diverged from this foundational model in important ways that suggest the necessity of making adjustments when a different medium—film, photography, and manga—was the object on trial, as well as when the defendants had wildly different politics and personalities.

Keywords:   censorship trials, film, photography, manga, arguments, legitimacy

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