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Author Gilbert, Nora, author.

Title Better left unsaid : Victorian novels, Hays Code films, and the benefits of censorship / Nora Gilbert.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford Law Books, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2013]

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Description 1 online resource (x, 181 pages) : illustrations.
Series The cultural lives of law
Cultural lives of law.
Contents Introduction : the joy of censorship -- The sounds of silence : W.M. Thackeray and Preston Sturges -- For sophisticated eyes only : Jane Austen and George Cukor -- Beyond censorship : Charles Dickens and Frank Capra -- The thrill of the fight : Charlotte Brontë and Elia Kazan -- Postscript : Oscar Wilde and Mae West.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This study defendins censorship from the central allegations that are traditionally levelled against it. Taking two genres generally presumed to have been stymied by the censor's knife - the Victorian novel and classical Hollywood film - it reveals the varied ways in which censorship, for all its blustery self-righteousness, can actually be good for sex, politics, feminism, and art. Rather than being ruined by censorship, Victorian novels and Hays Code films were stirred and stimulated by the very forces meant to restrain them.
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Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- Censorship.
Fiction -- Censorship -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Motion pictures -- Censorship -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and morals -- History -- 19th century.
Motion pictures -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Censorship -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Censorship -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Gilbert, Nora. Better left unsaid 9780804784207 (DLC) 2012030435 (OCoLC)806221721
ISBN 9780804784870 (electronic bk.)
0804784876 (electronic bk.)
9780804784207 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804784205 (cloth : alk. paper)