The Joy of Censorship
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the present book, which attempts to defend censorship from the central liberal allegations traditionally leveled against it: censorship leads to fewer and duller representations of human sexuality; censorship squelches political protest; censorship domesticates and disempowers women; censorship destroys art. The study focuses on two narrative art forms that are often critiqued for their seeming acquiescence to the pressures of propriety—the mainstream Victorian novel and Production Code-era Hollywood film—and discusses their censorship histories.
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