Censorship and Contemporary World Literature Criticism: Censorship In The Global Context - Essay

Valeria D. Stelmakh (essay date 1996)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Stelmakh, Valeria D. “Reading in the Context of Censorship in the Soviet Union.” Libraries & Culture 36, no. 1 (winter 2001): 143-51.

[In the following essay, the full version of which was published in Solanus 10 (1996), Stelmakh presents an overview of literary censorship in the Soviet Union in the period of the 1960s to the 1980s, noting the rise of samizdat literature and of the spetskhran, or the library of forbidden literature.]

The period preceding the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. and the collapse of the Soviet regime (from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s) had a number of distinctive features that are important for...

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Mohja Kahf (essay date spring 2001)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kahf, Mohja. “The Silences of Contemporary Syrian Literature.” World Literature Today 75, no. 2 (spring 2001): 225-36.

[In the following essay, Kahf examines the historic problem of censorship and repression faced by writers in Syria.]


There is, of course, no such thing as Syrian literature. Certainly, citizens of the modern nation-state of Syria write literature, but to claim that “Syrian literature” exists in the same way that, say, Russian literature or German literature exists is misleading. First, it implies that there is a language called Syrian. Syrian literature is, for the most part,...

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Jean Graham-Jones (essay date 2001)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Graham-Jones, Jean. “Broken Pencils and Crouching Dictators: Issues of Censorship in Contemporary Argentine Theatre.” Theatre Journal 53, no. 4 (2001): 595-605.

[In the following essay, Graham-Jones discusses how Argentine playwrights devised ways to incorporate “counter-censorship” into their productions during the repressive 1970s in that country.]

Autocensura [self-censorship] continues to be as dirty a word for the Argentine artist as it was during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. When asked about the subject, artists commonly respond much as the writer Héctor Lastra did in 1986: “I have always insisted that self-censorship does not...

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