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Better Left Unsaid – Victorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship - Stanford Scholarship Online
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Better Left Unsaid: Victorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship

Nora Gilbert


This book is in the unseemly position of defending censorship from the central allegations that are traditionally leveled against it. Taking two genres generally presumed to have been stymied by the censor's knife—the Victorian novel and classical Hollywood film—it reveals the varied ways in which censorship, for all its blustery self-righteousness, can actually be good for sex, politics, feminism, and art. As much as Victorianism is equated with such cultural impulses as repression and prudery, few scholars have explored the Victorian novel as a “censored” commodity—thanks, in large part, to ... More

Keywords: censorship, Victorian novels, Hays Code films, Hollywood film, Victorianism, repression, prudery, literary censorship, Production Code, prohibitive practices

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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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Nora Gilbert, author

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