- 近世文藝 (ISSN:03873412)
- vol.103, pp.41-57, 2016 (Released:2017-04-28)
Shunurō-shi-shō (1854) is a collection of poems by Fujimori-Kōan, a Confucian scholar of the late Edo Period. Several editions of the collection are imperfect because they were partly deleted by censors. Those editions can be classified into two types; the completely censored editions and the approximately reinstated ones which were revised in the early Meiji Period. Censorship of this poetry collection had been conducted under the guidance of the Shōheizaka Academic Institute until around 1857. Shunurō-shi-shō was checked by this agency because in some poems the author used unacceptable words and phrases related to the foreign powers which then threatened to overthrow the status quo. But as the standards of censorship were very arbitrary, the real aim of the authorities must have been not only to suppress his poems but also to degrade Kōan himself who gained reputation as an imperial loyalist. In other words, they censored his literary work as a way to prevent his political influence from becoming greater through it.