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Writing and Censorship in Britain

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ISBN 9781032472591
April 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
283 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1992, Writing and Censorship in Britain explores the issue of censorship, from a range of cultural and literary perspectives, from the Tudor period to the 1990s. Written by some of the leading experts in the field, this collection charts the struggles for artistic expression, reveals how censorship is appropriated as a legitimate tactic in the defence of oppressed and marginalised groups, and analyses the struggles writers have employed in the face of its complex dynamics. Here variously defined, defended and deplored, censorship emerges as both an unstable and a potent concept. Through it we define ourselves: as readers, as writers and as citizens. This book will be of interest to students of literature, history and law.

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors Acknowledgements 1. Writing and censorship: an introduction Chronology 2. Censorship and the 1587 ‘Holinshed’s’ Chronicles 3. ‘Those who else would turn all upside-down’: censorship and the assize sermon, 1660-1720 4. ‘All run now into Politicks’: theatre censorship during the Exclusion crisis, 1679-81 5. Richard Steele: scandal and sedition 6. John Gay: censoring the censors 7. ‘An old tragedy on a disgusting subject’: Horace Walpole and The Mysterious Mother 8. ‘The memory of the liberty of the press’: the suppression of radical writing in the 1790s 9. A land of relative freedom: censorship of the press and the arts in the nineteenth century (1815-1914) 10. Blasphemy, obscenity and the courts: contours of tolerance in nineteenth-century England 11. Victorian obscenity law: negative censorship or positive administration? 12. ‘The physiological facts’: Thomas Hardy, censorship and narrative breakdown 13. Censorship and the Great War: the first test of new statesmanship 14. D. H. Lawrence: a suitable case for censorship 15. The treatment of homosexuality and The Well of Loneliness 16. Censorship and children’s literature: some post-war trends 17. Joyce, postculture and censorship Select bibliography Index

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