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The Resource Literary obscenities : U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism, Erik M. Bachman

Literary obscenities : U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism, Erik M. Bachman

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Literary obscenities : U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism
Title
Literary obscenities
Title remainder
U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism
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Erik M. Bachman
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Language
eng
Summary
This comparative historical study explores the broad sociocultural factors at play in the relationships among U.S. obscenity laws and literary modernism and naturalism in the early twentieth century. Putting obscenity case law's crisis of legitimation and modernism's crisis of representation into dialogue, Erik Bachman shows how obscenity trials and other attempts to suppress allegedly vulgar writing in the United States affected a wide-ranging debate about the power of the printed word to incite emotion and shape behavior. Far from seeking simply to transgress cultural norms or sexual boundaries, Bachman argues, proscribed authors such as Wyndham Lewis, Erskine Caldwell, Lillian Smith, and James T. Farrell refigured the capacity of writing to evoke the obscene so that readers might become aware of the social processes by which they were being turned into mass consumers, voyeurs, and racialized subjects. Through such efforts, these writers participated in debates about the libidinal efficacy of language with a range of contemporaries, from behavioral psychologists and advertising executives to book cover illustrators, magazine publishers, civil rights activists, and judges. Focusing on case law and the social circumstances informing it, Literary Obscenities provides an alternative conceptual framework for understanding obscenity's subjugation of human bodies, desires, and identities to abstract social forces. It will appeal especially to scholars of American literature, American studies, and U.S. legal history
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Midwest
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hoopla (Digital media service)
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1981-
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Bachman, Erik M.
Dewey number
809/.933538
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Refiguring modernism
Series volume
25
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  • Lewis, Wyndham
  • Caldwell, Erskine
  • Smith, Lillian
  • Sex in literature
  • Pornography in literature
  • Obscenity (Law)
  • Naturalism in literature
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adult
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Literary obscenities : U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism, Erik M. Bachman
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT12088211
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271081670
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
Publisher number
MWT12088211
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remote
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12088211
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Literary obscenities : U.S. case law and naturalism after modernism, Erik M. Bachman
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12088211
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271081670
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12088211
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12088211
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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