Censorship in Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

W. L. Webb (essay date 1972)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Webb, W. L. “An Embarrassment of Tyrannies.” In An Embarrassment of Tyrannies: Twenty-Five Years of Index on Censorship, edited by W. L. Webb and Rose Bell, pp. 17-24. London: Victor Gollancz, 1997.

[In the following essay, originally published in 1972, Webb provides a brief history of the journal Index on Censorship and the state of censorship around the world in the second half of the twentieth century.]

‘Wake up!’ Solzhenitsyn taunted the Kremlin's geriatrics after the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968: ‘Your clocks are slow in relation to our times!’ Index, a child of the better ideals and aspirations of the sixties, was a...

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Mark I. West (essay date winter 1999)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: West, Mark I. “The Role of Sexual Repression in Anthony Comstock's Campaign to Censor Children's Dime Novels.” Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 22, no. 4 (winter 1999): 45-9.

[In the following essay, West explores the psychological tensions behind the censorship campaign of the American reformer, Anthony Comstock.]

Censors tend to use political or religious arguments to justify their positions, but beneath the surface of their arguments often runs an unstated and personal subtext. Some censors play out their internal psychological conflicts on a very public stage. These censors attempt to renounce their repressed impulses and desires through...

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