Censorship and Cultural Sensibility

Author: Debora Shuger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812203348
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In this study of the reciprocities binding religion, politics, law, and literature, Debora Shuger offers a profoundly new history of early modern English censorship, one that bears centrally on issues still current: the rhetoric of ideological extremism, the use of defamation to ruin political opponents, the grounding of law in theological ethics, and the terrible fragility of public spheres. Starting from the question of why no one prior to the mid-1640s argued for free speech or a free press per se, Censorship and Cultural Sensibility surveys the texts against which Tudor-Stuart censorship aimed its biggest guns, which turned out not to be principled dissent but libels, conspiracy fantasies, and hate speech. The book explores the laws that attempted to suppress such material, the cultural values that underwrote this regulation, and, finally, the very different framework of assumptions whose gradual adoption rendered censorship illegitimate. Virtually all substantive law on language concerned defamation, regulating what one could say about other people. Hence Tudor-Stuart laws extended protection only to the person hurt by another's words, never to their speaker. In treating transgressive language as akin to battery, English law differed fundamentally from papal censorship, which construed its target as heresy. There were thus two models of censorship operative in the early modern period, both premised on religious norms, but one concerned primarily with false accusation and libel, the other with false belief and immorality. Shuger investigates the first of these models—the dominant English one—tracing its complex origins in the Roman law of iniuria through medieval theological ethics and Continental jurisprudence to its continuities and discontinuities with current U.S. law. In so doing, she enables her reader to grasp how in certain contexts censorship could be understood as safeguarding both charitable community and personal dignitary rights.

Press Censorship in Caroline England

Author: Cyndia Susan Clegg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470329
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Between 1625 and 1640, a distinctive cultural awareness of censorship emerged, which ultimately led the Long Parliament to impose drastic changes in press control. The culture of censorship addressed in this study helps to explain the divergent historical interpretations of Caroline censorship as either draconian or benign. Such contradictions transpire because the Caroline regime and its critics employed similar rhetorical strategies that depended on the language of orthodoxy, order, tradition, and law, but to achieve different ends. Building on her two previous studies on press censorship in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Cyndia Clegg scrutinizes all aspects of Caroline print culture: book production in London, the universities, and on the Continent; licensing and authorization practices in both the Stationers' Company and among the ecclesiastical licensers; cases before the courts of High Commission and Star Chamber and the Stationers' Company's Court of Assistants; and trade regulation.

A Democracy of Facts

Author: Andrew J. Lewis
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812243080
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Chronicles the story of American naturalists who came of age and stumbled toward a profession in the years after the American Revolution. --from publisher description

The Devil in the Holy Water Or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon

Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780812241839
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A National Book Critics Circle Award winner explores the proliferation of slander and libel in France during the period after the French Revolution, during which a ragtag group of literary libelers flooded the market with works that purported to expose the wicked behavior of nobles, an endeavor that often led to extortion.

Solon and Thespis

Author: Dennis Kezar
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780268033132
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This text explores the physical spaces in which early modern law and drama were performed, the social and imaginative practices that energised such spaces, and the rhetorical patterns that make the two institutions far less discrete and far more collaborative than has previously been recognised.

Democratic Communications

Author: James Frederick Hamilton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780739118665
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"Democratic Communications is the first book to subject long standing assumptions about alternative media and democratic communications to a cultural and historical examination and critique. Ranging from prophecy in sixteenth century England to the self managed projects of critical literacy and social change of today, this book assesses the historical heritage, present conditions, and future possibilities of today's remade media landscape for democratic communications."--BOOK JACKET.

Political Theologies in Shakespeare s England

Author: D. Shuger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230505406
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Shuger's study of Measure to Measure offers a sweeping reinterpretation of English political thought in the aftermath of the Reformation, one that focuses not on the tension between Crown and Parliament but on the relation of the sacred to the state.