Giving offense : essays on censorship

J.M. Coetzee

This is an analysis of censorship from the perspective of one who has lived and worked under its shadow. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. Coetzee argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship. From Osip Mandelstam commanded to compose an ode in praise of Stalin, to Breyten Breytenbach writing poems under and for the eyes of his prison guards, to Aleksander Solzhenitsyn engaging in a trial of wits with the organs of the Soviet state, the book focuses on the ways authors have historically responded to censorship. It also analyzes the arguments of Catharine MacKinnon for the suppression of pornography and traces the operations of the old South African censorship system.

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This text presents an analysis of censorship from the perspective of a writer who has lived and worked under its shadow. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. Subscribing neither to the myth of the writer as a moral giant nor to that of the writer as persecuted innocent, Coetzee argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship. Ranging from Osip Mandelstam being commanded to compose an ode in praise of Stalin to Breyten Breytenbach writing poems under and for the eyes of his prison guards, the book focuses on the ways authors have historically responded to censorship. It also analyzes the arguments of Catharine MacKinnon for the suppression of pornography and traces the operations of the old South African censorship system. Finally, Coetzee delves into the early history of apartheid and criticizes the blankness of contemporary political science in its efforts to address the deeper motives behind apartheid. Winner of the Booker Prize for "The Life and Times of Michael K." , Coetzee has also written seven novels, including "The Master of Petersburg", and two books of criticism.

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[目次]

  • Preface and Acknowledgments 1: Taking Offense 2: Emerging from Censorship 3: Lady Chatterley's Lover: The Taint of the Pornographic 4: The Harms of Pornography: Catharine MacKinnon 5: Erasmus: Madness and Rivalry 6: Osip Mandelstam and the Stalin Ode 7: Censorship and Polemic: Solzhenitsyn 8: Zbigniew Herbert and the Figure of the Censor 9: Apartheid Thinking 10: The Work of the Censor: Censorship in South Africa 11: The Politics of Dissent: Andre Brink 12: Breyten Breytenbach and the Reader in the Mirror Notes Works Cited Index

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書名 Giving offense : essays on censorship
著作者等 Coetzee, J. M
出版元 University of Chicago Press
刊行年月 1996
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xi, 289 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0226111768
0226111741
NCID BA28078132
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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