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A Matter of Obscenity : The Politics of Censorship in Modern England / Christopher Hilliard.

Author/Creator:
Hilliard, Christopher, author., Author,
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (336 pages) : 1 table.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Censorship -- Great Britain.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
A comprehensive history of censorship in modern BritainFor Victorian lawmakers and judges, the question of whether a book should be allowed to circulate freely depended on whether it was sold to readers whose mental and moral capacities were in doubt, by which they meant the increasingly literate and enfranchised working classes. The law stayed this way even as society evolved. In 1960, the prosecutor asked the jury in the obscenity trial over D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, "Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?" Christopher Hilliard traces the history of British censorship from the Victorians to Margaret Thatcher, exposing the tensions between obscenity law and a changing British society.Hilliard goes behind the scenes of major obscenity trials and uncovers the routines of everyday censorship, shedding new light on the British reception of literary modernism and popular entertainments such as the cinema and American-style pulp fiction and comic books. He reveals the thinking of lawyers and the police, authors and publishers, and politicians and ordinary citizens as they wrestled with questions of freedom and morality. He describes how supporters and opponents of censorship alike tried to remake the law as they reckoned with changes in sexuality and culture that began in the 1960s.Based on extensive archival research, this incisive and multifaceted book reveals how the issue of censorship challenged British society to confront issues ranging from mass literacy and democratization to feminism, gay rights, and multiculturalism.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 Obscenity, Literacy, and the Franchise, 1857-1918
Chapter 2 The Censorship versus the Moderns, 1918-1945
Chapter 3 Protecting Literature, Suppressing Pulp, 1945-1959
Chapter 4 The Lady Chatterley's Lover Trial, 1960
Chapter 5 The Liberal Hour, 1961-1969
Chapter 6 Subversion from Underground, 1970-1971
Chapter 7 Campaigners and Litigants, 1972-1977
Chapter 8 Philosophers and Pluralists, 1977-1979
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes
Manuscript Sources
Index
A note on the type
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Aug 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780691226118
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691226118 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.