Beyond Banned Books

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


What do Ulysses and The Housewife’s Handbook on Selective Promiscuity have in common? How did a French naturalist novel change English obscenity law? Why did radical publishers distribute pirated editions of Romantic poetry? What does it mean to ‘ban’ a book today? Join Katherine Inglis (University of Edinburgh), co-author of Censored: A Literary History of Subversion and Control, for a discussion of the censorship of printed literature in English that moves beyond the famous twentieth-century obscenity trials of modern classics to consider less familiar stories that reveal how censorship affects readers, publishers, booksellers and authors. The history of censorship in the United Kingdom and the United States is not a record of steady, continual progress towards ever-greater freedom. What makes censorship matter is power, and the people who suffer most from the censorship of literature are the people with the least power to speak and the least freedom to read.
Period16 Sep 2022
Event typeOther
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Censorship