The Repeal of Reticence: America's Cultural And Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, And Modern A by Rochelle GursteinThe Repeal of Reticence: America's Cultural And Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, And Modern A by Rochelle Gurstein

The Repeal of Reticence: America's Cultural And Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual…

byRochelle Gurstein

Paperback | October 30, 1998

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At a time when America's faculties of taste and judgment-along with the sense of the sacred and shameful-have become utterly vacant, Rochelle Gurstein's The Repeal of Reticence delivers an important and troubling warning. Covering landmark developments in America's modern culture and law, she charts the demise of what was dismissively called "gentility" in the face of First Amendment triumphs for journalists, sex educators, and novelists-from Margaret Sanger's advocacy of birth control to Judge Woolsey's celebrated defense of Ulysses. Weaving together a study of the legal debates over obscenity and free speech with a cultural study of the critics and writers who framed the issues, Gurstein offers a trenchant reconsideration of the sacred value of privacy.
Rochelle Gurstein, professor of history at the Bard Graduate Center, lives in New York City. She is the author of The Repeal of Reticence.
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Title:The Repeal of Reticence: America's Cultural And Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual…Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:October 30, 1998Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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The Repeal of Reticence explores the arguments made for and against three forces that have transformed American life- invasive journalism, realistic fiction and sexual reform. The battle between public incivility and private tact has never been more relevant than our era of exposure and reticence. The Repeal of Reticence is a penetrating analysis of the connection between legal history and current debates over obscenity and public decency.

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"The pollution of our moral environment has finally provoked a response comparable to Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's famous warning about the natural environment." -Roger Shattuck, The Wall Street Journal