Modernism and the Theater of Censorship

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

byAdam Parkes

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Adam Parkes investigates the literary and cultural implications of the censorship encountered by several modern novelists in the early twentieth century. He situates modernism in the context of this censorship, examining the relations between such authors as D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce,Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf and the public controversies generated by their fictional explorations of modern sexual themes. These authors located "obscenity" at the level of stylistic and formal experiment. The Rainbow, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ulysses, and Orlando dramatized problems ofsexuality and expression in ways that subverted the moral, political, and aesthetic premises on which their censors operated. In showing how modernism evolved within a culture of censorship, Modernism and the Theater of Censorship suggests that modern novelists, while shaped by their culture,attempted to reshape it.

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Adam Parkes investigates the literary and cultural implications of the censorship encountered by several modern novelists in the early twentieth century. He situates modernism in the context of this censorship, examining the relations between such authors as D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce,Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf and the public c...

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In November of 1915, British authorities invoked the 1857 Obscene Publications Act to suppress D. H. Lawrence's novel, The Rainbow. This was the first in a series of obscenity controversies that took place in Britain and the United States during the next decade. Joyce's Ulysses and Lawrence's last novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, were c...

Adam Parkes is at University of Georgia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"In addition to offering a valuable new assessment of modernism's significant role in the evolution of contemporary notions of gender and sexuality, Parkes's volume illuminates our understanding of the culture of censorship's unusual--and indeed, pivotal--role in literary history's journey tonew vistas of artistic and social freedom."--Publishing Research Quarterly