J. M. Coetzee (essay date 1996)
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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