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Sex, Literature and Censorship
Book censorship is the act of some authority taking measures to suppress ideas and information within a book. Censorship is "the regulation of free speech and other forms of entrenched authority". Censorship can be enacted at the national or subnational level as well, and can carry legal penalties. Books may also be challenged at a local community level, although successful bans do not extend outside that area. Materials are often suppressed due to the perceived notion of obscenity.
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You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? Jonathan Dollimore. He begins with a polemical and witty attack on the spurious radicalism of some fashionable academic theories about desire and sexual dissidence. Dollimore then examines the ways in which the media, literary critics and the state, as well as these literary theorists, all deny or repress the disturbing and dangerous knowledge conveyed by literature. His own account of the volatile connections between aesthetics, desire, politics and censorship unfolds through topics such as homosexuality, bisexuality, sexual disgust, and the disturbing relations between art and inhumanity, and through brilliant insights into a wide range of authors including Euripides, Shakespeare, Tennyson and Yeats.
There is no such thing as moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is beyond comprehension that he could have had the strength of mind to continue writing after the suppression of The Rainbow. Most readers of the novel would agree that there is neither a single obscene word nor a shred of pornography in the novel. For a novel addressed by a man to men and women of full age, which attempts to deal unaffectedly with the fret and fever, derision and disaster, […] to tell without a mincing of words, of a deadly war waged between flesh and spirit[…] I am not aware that there is anything in the handling to which exception may be taken.