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Modernism and the theater of censorship [electronic resource] / Adam Parkes.
Modernism and the theater of censorship [electronic resource] / Adam Parkes.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-227) and index.
The trials of modernism -- "All goals become graves" : The rainbow and wartime censorship: Reception and trial : Lawrence's wartime aesthetic ; Savage rites : The rainbow -- Obscenity and nonreproductive sexuality : Ulysses and the Little review trial: Ulysses in the Little review : a history of publication and censorship ; Peep shows and confessions in "Nausicaa" ; Maternal confessions in "Oxen of the sun" ; "Circe" : bloom on trial ; Freedom and transformation in "Penelope" -- Postwar hysteria : the case of Lady Chatterley's lover: Hysterical Lawrence ; The uses of hysteria ; Lady Chatterley's lover -- "Suppressed readiness" : Orlando and The well of loneliness: The well of loneliness :reception and trial ; The well of loneliness : lesbianism in fiction and history ; Orlando : lesbianism in fictional history ; Coda : between the acts.
In November of 1915, British authorities invoked the 1857 Obscene Publications Act to suppress D.H. Lawrence's novel, The Rainbow. This was the first in a series of obscenity controversies that took place in Britain and the United States during the next decade. Joyce's Ulysses and Lawrence's last novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, were censored in both countries; in 1928 the British courts banned Radclyffe Hall's lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness.

Adam Parkes investigates the literary and cultural implications of these controversies. Situating modernism in the context of censorship, he examines the relations between such authors as D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf and the public scandals generated by their fictional explorations of modern sexual themes. Locating "obscenity" at the level of stylistic and formal experiment, such novels as The Rainbow, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ulysses, and Orlando dramatized problems of sexuality and expression in ways that subverted the moral, political, and aesthetic premises of their censors. In showing how modernism evolved within a culture of censorship, Modernism and the Theater of Censorship suggests that modern novelists, while shaped by their culture, attempted to reshape it.
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