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The Resource Censors at work : how states shaped literature, Robert Darnton

Censors at work : how states shaped literature, Robert Darnton

Label
Censors at work : how states shaped literature
Title
Censors at work
Title remainder
how states shaped literature
Statement of responsibility
Robert Darnton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This absorbing history by a brilliant scholar and writer deepens our understanding of how censorship works. With his uncanny ability to spark life in the past, Robert Darnton re-creates three historical worlds in which censorship shaped literary expression in distinctive ways. In eighteenth-century France, censors, authors, and booksellers collaborated in making literature by navigating the intricate culture of royal privilege. Even as the king's censors outlawed works by Voltaire, Rousseau, and other celebrated Enlightenment writers, the head censor himself incubated Diderot's great Encyclopedie by hiding the banned project's papers in his Paris townhouse. Relationships at court trumped principle in the Old Regime. Shaken by the Sepoy uprising in 1857, the British Raj undertook a vast surveillance of every aspect of Indian life, including its literary output. Years later the outrage stirred by the British partition of Bengal led the Raj to put this knowledge to use. Seeking to suppress Indian publications that it deemed seditious, the British held hearings in which literary criticism led to prison sentences. Their efforts to meld imperial power and liberal principle fed a growing Indian opposition. In Communist East Germany, censorship was a component of the party program to engineer society. Behind the unmarked office doors of Ninety Clara-Zetkin Street in East Berlin, censors developed annual plans for literature in negotiation with high party officials and prominent writers. A system so pervasive that it lodged inside the authors' heads as self-censorship, it left visible scars in the nation's literature.--
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Darnton, Robert
Dewey number
363.31
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Censorship
  • Censorship
  • Censorship
  • Literature and state
Label
Censors at work : how states shaped literature, Robert Darnton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Bourbon France : privilege and repression -- Typography and legality -- The censor's point of view -- Everyday operations -- Problem cases -- Scandal and enlightenment -- The book police -- An author in the servants' quarters -- A distribution system, capillaries and arteries -- British India : liberalism and imperialism -- Amateur ethnography -- Melodrama -- Surveillance -- Sedition? -- Repression -- Courtroom hermeneutics -- Wandering minstrels -- The basic contradiction -- Communist East Germany : planning and persecution -- Native informants -- Inside the archives -- Relations with authors -- Author-editor negotiations -- Hard knocks -- A play : the show must not go on -- A novel : publish and pulp -- How censorship ended
Control code
FIEb17601587
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780393242294
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)880520984
Label
Censors at work : how states shaped literature, Robert Darnton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Bourbon France : privilege and repression -- Typography and legality -- The censor's point of view -- Everyday operations -- Problem cases -- Scandal and enlightenment -- The book police -- An author in the servants' quarters -- A distribution system, capillaries and arteries -- British India : liberalism and imperialism -- Amateur ethnography -- Melodrama -- Surveillance -- Sedition? -- Repression -- Courtroom hermeneutics -- Wandering minstrels -- The basic contradiction -- Communist East Germany : planning and persecution -- Native informants -- Inside the archives -- Relations with authors -- Author-editor negotiations -- Hard knocks -- A play : the show must not go on -- A novel : publish and pulp -- How censorship ended
Control code
FIEb17601587
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780393242294
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)880520984

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