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Arguing that theatrical censorship coincides with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural traditions, John Houchin explores its impact on twentieth-century American theatre. Along with the well-known example of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, other almost equally influential events affected the course of the American stage during the century. After a summary of censorship in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, Houchin analyzes key political and theatrical events between 1900 and 2000.Read more
- No book yet published examines this topic in such detail
- Links the evolution of theatre to social, political, religious and moral developments
- An accessible study, which avoids the use of too much critical jargon
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"Houchin has written the most comprehensive book currently available on censorship in 20th-century American theater.... Essential." ChoiceSee more reviews
"Although Houchin's emphasis is more on the history of censorship and less on an argument about it, he does a splendid job defining the forces behind that conservatism and observing how those forces adapt and take different form over time." American Literature, D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University
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- Date Published: April 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521108355
- length: 344 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Overture: theatrical censorship from the puritans to Anthony Comstock
2. Bad girls, tough guys and the changing of the guard
3. Flappers and fanatics
4. Have you now or have you ever …
5. Bye, bye American pie
6. The past is prologue.
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