Censorship & Cultural Regulation in the Modern Age


Volume Editor: Beate Müller
‘Censorship’ has become a fashionable topic, not only because of newly available archival material from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, but also because the ‘new censorship’ (inspired by the works of Foucault and Bourdieu) has widened the very concept of censorhip beyond its conventional boundaries. This volume uses these new materials and perspectives to address the relationship of censorship to cultural selection processes (such as canon formation), economic forces, social exclusion, professional marginalization, silencing through specialized discourses, communicative norms, and other forms of control and regulation.
Two articles in this collection investigate these issue theoretically. The remaining eight contributions address the issues by investigating censorial practice across time and space by looking at the closure of Paul’s playhouse in 1606; the legacy of 19th century American regulations and representation of women teachers; the relationship between official and samizdat publishing in Communist Poland; the ban on Gegenwartsfilme (films about contemporary society) in East Germany in 1965/66; the censorship of modernist music in Weimar and Nazi Germany; the GDR’s censorship of jazz and avantgarde music in the early 1950s; Aesopian strategies of textual resistance in the pop music of apartheid South Africa and in the stories of Mario Benedetti.

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Beate MÜLLER: Censorship and Cultural Regulation: Mapping the Territory
Enno RUGE: Preaching and Playing at Paul’s: The Puritans, The Puritaine, and the Closure of Paul’s Playhouse
Erik LEVI: The Censorship of Musical Modernism in Germany, 1918-1945
Toby THACKER: ‘Anleitung und Kontrolle’: Stakuko and the censorship of music in the GDR, 1951-1953
Daniela BERGHAHN: Film Censorship in a “Clean State”: The Case of Klein and Kohlhaase’s Berlin um die Ecke
John M. BATES: From State Monopoly to a Free Market of Ideas? Censorship in Poland, 1976-1989
Carmen TISNADO: Performing the Unspeakable: Defeating Censorship in Two Stories by Mario Benedetti
Michael DREWETT: Aesopian Strategies of Textual Resistance in the Struggle to Overcome the Censorship of Popular Music in Apartheid South Africa
Anne RUGGLES GERE: Representing the Censored Teacher
Helen FRESHWATER: Towards a Redefinition of Censorship
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