Censorship and the limits of the literary : a global view
ed. by Nicole Moore Bloomsbury Academic, 2015 260p bibl index, 9781628920093 $110.00, 9781628920109
The absorbing essays in this timely collection cover the fascinating relationship between literature and censorship in a remarkably diverse set of circumstances over the last four centuries. Presented chronologically in four groups, the 16 chapters cover the complex and sometimes surprising causes and effects of censorship from France on the eve of the French Revolution to China in the age of the Internet. Frequently including lively accounts of the intrigues behind efforts to suppress material, the contributors scrutinize the role that censorship has played in what is circulated and in what authors choose to communicate. Though it surely makes sense to read the commentaries from beginning to end, this reviewer actually started in the middle because—having just taught Tropic of Cancer, a work frequently addressed in examinations of censorship—she was immediately drawn to Loren Glass’s essay “Freedom to Read: Barney Rosset, Henry Miller and the End of Obscenity” to see if it covered new ground. It did, as do the other, equally engaging analyses in the volume. This accessible collection reveals that the winds can definitely blow in unexpected directions.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. Reviewer: D. C. Greenwood, Albright College Subject: Humanities – Language & Literature Choice Issue:Aug 2016