Kiss and Censor: Redactionary Aesthetics in Transwar Japan

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Friday, March 2, 20122:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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East Asia Seminar Series


Visual representations of kisses troubled censors around the world with the rise of film media in the twentieth century; a kiss was never just a kiss and the censors knew it. This talk presents the history of the kiss in modern Japan as a visible manifestation of the deepest effects of censorship. Even as censors attempt delete the trace of their work, producers continually reveal the marks of censorship.

Jonathan E. Abel is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese at Penn State University. His book Redacted: The Archives of Censorship in Transwar Japan is forthcoming from the University of California Press’s Asia Pacific Modern Series and won the Weatherhead East Asia Institute’s First Book Prize.


Aga Baranowska
(416) 946-8996


Takashi Fujitani
Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies; Professor of History, University of Toronto

Jonathan Abel
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese, Penn State University


Dr. David Chu Community Network in Asia Pacific Studies

Asian Institute

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