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Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts – Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition - Columbia Scholarship Online
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Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

Ellen Wiles


This book tells an ethnographic story of a secret literary culture that has recently emerged from its cocoon. Until 2012, Myanmar (also known as Burma) was ruled for fifty years by one of the most paranoid and repressive censorship regimes in history. The military junta enforced strict reading and writing restrictions in line with their ideology, feared writers’ potential to trigger change, and did their best to keep Western books and influences out of the country. As part of an unexpected move toward democracy, the government has recently lifted the worst restrictions on reading and writing, ... More

Keywords: Censorship, Literature, Literary culture, Transition, dictatorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231173285
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173285.001.0001


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Ellen Wiles, author

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