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Comstockery and censorship in early American modernism / Karen E. Mahar

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dc.contributor.advisor Monk, Craig
dc.contributor.author Mahar, Karen E
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-06T19:16:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-06T19:16:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2601
dc.description vi, 99 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Anthony Comstock was a moral crusader who abhorred all things lewd and obscene, and who was successful in introducing the Comstock Law to help his fight against it. His lifelong battle against vice at the end of the nineteenth-century had an impact on literature and the literary world as it transitioned from Victorian prudery to modernist realism. Comstock’s influence negatively affected publishers, distributers, and writers, in particular, canonical Americans Walt Whitman and Theodore Dreiser. His methods were unconventional, and in the name of morality, Comstock often behaved immorally to achieve his goals of protecting youth from being corrupted by obscenity. The question of the value of censorship was present then, as it still endures today, and centered on the potential harm of viewing or reading obscene materials. Although Comstock presented an impressive record of confiscations and arrests, his crusade did not have a lasting effect beyond the fin de siècle. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of English, 2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Comstock, Anthony, 1844-1915 en_US
dc.subject Literature and morals -- United States -- History -- 19th century en_US
dc.subject Censorship -- United States -- History -- 19th century en_US
dc.subject Social reformers -- United States en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Comstockery and censorship in early American modernism / Karen E. Mahar en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department English en_US

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