Forbidden Literature: Case Studies on Censorship By Erik Erlanson, PhD (Editor), Jon Helgason, PhD (Editor), Peter Henning (Editor), Linnéa Lindsköld, PhD (Editor) Cover Image
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Freedom of the printed word is a defining feature of the modern world. Yet censorship and the suppression of literature never cease, and remain topical issues even in the most liberal of democracies. Today, just as in the past, advances in media technology are followed by new regulatory mechanisms. Similarly, any attempt to control cultural expression inevitably spurs fresh discussions about freedom of speech. In Forbidden Literature scholars from a variety of disciplines address censorship’s past and present, whether in liberal democracies or totalitarian regimes. Through in-depth case studies they trace a historical continuum in which literature reveals its two-sided nature: it demands both regulation and protection. The contributors investigate the logic of literary repression, particularly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and analyse why it is thought essential to control literature. Moreover, the authors determine how literary practices are shaped and transformed by regulation and censorship.

About the Author

Erik Erlanson, PhD, researcher and Senior Lecturer at the Department for Film and Literature, Linnaeus University. Jon Helgason, PhD and Associate Professor in Comparative Literature and Lecturer in Icelandic at Linnaeus University. Peter Henning, PhD and Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Umeå University. Currently, he studies the function of art and literature in the Swedish welfare state. Linnéa Lindsköld, PhD and Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, has conducted several discourse oriented studies of cultural and literature policy focusing on the key concepts quality and diversity, as well as radical right cultural policy. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9789188661876
ISBN-10: 9188661873
Publisher: Nordic Academic Press
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2020
Pages: 264
Language: English