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Obscene ModernismLiterary Censorship and Experiment 1900-1940$
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Rachel Potter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680986.001.0001

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Anonymity and Self-regulation

Anonymity and Self-regulation

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Obscene Modernism

Rachel Potter

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the intellectual responses to the structure of the censorship networks described in Chapter One. It considers a wide range of essays and books by prominent writers, lawyers, and philosophers that engaged significantly with the problem of modern censorship. Writers discussed include the American free speech lawyers Theodore Schroeder, Morris L. Ernst, and William Siegel, UK political and legal theorist Harold Laski, cultural commentators Clive Bell and Horace M. Kallan, as well as modernist writers T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, and Wyndham Lewis. The chapter reveals a preoccupation with the anonymity of censorship, as well as the way that the dispersed censorship structures of modern societies created acute and dangerous forms of psychic prohibition. It reads a number of these responses in the light of their acknowledged debts to philosophical explorations of censorship, repression, and the obscene by Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud.

Keywords:   Intellectual responses to censorship networks. Anonymity. Self-censorship. Psychic censorship

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