Censorship in Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism: Censorship And Sexual Politics - Essay

Adam Parkes (essay date winter 1994)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Parkes, Adam. “Lesbianism, History, and Censorship: The Well of Loneliness and the Suppressed Randiness of Virginia Woolf's Orlando.Twentieth Century Literature 40, no. 4 (winter 1994): 434-60.

[In the following essay, Parkes compares the treatment of lesbian themes in The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, which was declared obscene by the British courts, and Orlando by Virginia Woolf, which was not.]

At Bow Street Magistrates Court on 16 November 1928, Sir Chartres Biron ordered the destruction of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, a polemical novel pleading for social tolerance for lesbianism. It is tempting...

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John Phillips (essay date 1999)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Phillips, John. “Pornography, Poetry, Parody: Guillaume Apollinaire's Les Onze Mille Verges.” In Forbidden Fictions: Pornography and Censorship in Twentieth-Century French Literature, pp. 25-42. London: Pluto Press, 1999.

[In the following essay, Phillips discusses Guillaume Apollinaire's pornographic novel, Les Onze Mille Verges, written in 1908 but not legally published until 1970, and considers how Apollinaire parodies the work of the Marquis de Sade.]

It was not until 1970 that the first legal edition of the pornographic novel, Les Onze Mille Verges, bearing the name of Guillaume Apollinaire, was published. The heirs to his estate...

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