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Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experiment 1900-1940

Rachel Potter


During the period 1900–1940 novels and poems in the UK and US were subject to strict forms of censorship and control because of their representation of sex and sexuality. At the same time, however, writers were more interested than ever before in writing about sex and excrement, incorporating obscene slang words into literary texts, and exploring previously uncharted elements of the modern psyche. This book explores the far-reaching literary, legal, and philosophical consequences of this historical conflict between law and literature. Alongside the famous prosecutions of D. H. Lawrence’s The R ... More

Keywords: Censorship, obscenity, obscene literature, modernism, free speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Potter, author
Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia