Censorship and Contemporary World Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

J. M. Coetzee (essay date 1996)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Coetzee, J. M. “Emerging from Censorship.” In Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship, pp. 34-47. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

[In the following essay, South African author Coetzee explores the influence of censorship on the psychological state and work of writers.]

From the early 1960s until about 1980, the Republic of South Africa operated one of the most comprehensive censorship systems in the world. Called in official parlance not censorship but “publications control” (censorship was a word it preferred to censor from public discourse about itself),1 it sought to control the dissemination of signs in whatever...

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Norman Podhoretz (essay date April 1997)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Podhoretz, Norman. “Lolita, My Mother-in-Law, the Marquis de Sade, and Larry Flynt.” Commentary 103, no. 4 (April 1997): 23-35.

[In the following essay, Podhoretz discusses the pros and cons of censoring pornographic literature, using Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, the works of the Marquis de Sade, and Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine as points of departure.]

Not long ago, the Library of America put out a beautiful new three-volume edition of the novels and memoirs of Vladimir Nabokov,1 and I decided to seize upon it as a convenient occasion for reacquainting myself with his work. Which explains why I happened to be reading...

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