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Better Left UnsaidVictorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship$
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Nora Gilbert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784207

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784207.001.0001

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The Joy of Censorship

(p.1) Introduction
Better Left Unsaid
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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.

Keywords:   censors, motion pictures, Hollywood film, Victorian novel

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