Dictionary of Literary and Dramatic Censorship in Tudor and Stuart England

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - 403 páginas

The Tudor and Stuart eras have been described as England's golden age, in large part because of the flowering of its literary and dramatic culture. Ironically, repressive government controls over freedom of expression existed side-by-side with some of the greatest literary accomplishments of the age, and many of the same issues we wrestle with today were being hotly debated in Renaissance England. This reference book provides a means for students and scholars to combine the highly popular topics of censorship and Renaissance studies.

The 92 entries in this book highlight the major issues which could provoke the wrath of the censor, the ways in which works were modified in response to censorship, and the fate of the authors who roused the censor's ire. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title of the censored work. Each provides basic factual information, including the name of the author, the publication date, the date of censorship, the type of work, and the offending issue; a discussion of the work's historical context; a synopsis of the contents; an examination of how the work was censored; and a brief bibliography. Although there is a wealth of information on censorship in the twentieth century, this is one of the few reference books to address censorship during the Renaissance.


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Classification of Censored Topics
Prohibiting Unlicensed Printing of Scripture Henry VIII 1538
Queen Marys Proclamation Against Wicked and Seditious Books 1558
A Proclamation Against Seditious Popish and Puritanical Books and Pamphlets James I 15 August 1624
A Proclamation to Restrain the Spreading of False News and Licentious Talking of Matters of State and Government Charles II 1672
The Judgment and Decree of the University of Oxford Part in their Convocation July 21 1683 Against certain Pernicious Books and Damnable Doctr...
Refusal of the House of Commons to Renew the Licensing Act 1695
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Página xxiii - ... books are not absolutely dead things but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragons teeth, and being sown up and down may chance to spring up armed men.
Página xxiii - I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.

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DOROTHY AUCHTER is Assistant Professor and Librarian for Theatre at The Ohio State University. She is the author of the Dictionary of Historical Allusions and Eponyms (1998) and co-author of The History Highway: A Guide to Internet Resources (1997).

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