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Circles of Censorship: Censorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory

Nicholas Harrison

Abstract

The French Revolution of 1789 bequeathed an enduring rhetoric of human rights which made it conventional to declare oneself against censorship and in favour of freedom of expression. But, as this book demonstrates, the apparent consensus on this issue in modern France and elsewhere rests on a shaky sense of that rhetoric's history. And, while censors have continued to the present day to charge clumsily across delicate moral and political fields, opponents of literary censorship, in particular, have frequently displayed excessive respect for censored material, mistakenly assuming that the censo ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, rhetoric, human rights, censorship, France, literary censorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159094
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Harrison, author
Trinity Hall, Cambridge