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The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 1
Volume One 1900-1932

By Steve Nicholson

The Censorship of British Drama 1900-1968 Volume 1
Hardback, 360 pages £75.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780859896382
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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PDF, 360 pages £75.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780859899031
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Subjects: Performance
Series: Exeter Performance Studies

This is the first volume in a new paperback edition of Steve Nicholson’s well-reviewed four-volume analysis of British theatre censorship from 1900-1968, based on previously undocumented material in the Lord Chamberlain's Correspondence archives. It charts the period before 1932, when theatre was seen as a crucial medium with the power to shape society, determining what people believed and how they behaved. It uncovers the differing views and the disputes which occurred among and between the Lord Chamberlain and his Readers and Advisers, and discusses the extensive pressures exerted on him by bodies such as the Public Morality Council, the Church, the monarch, government departments, foreign embassies, newspapers, powerful individuals and those claiming to represent national or international opinion. The book explores the portrayal of a broad range of topics in relation to censorship, including the First World War, race and inter-racial relationships, contemporary and historical international conflicts, horror, sexual freedom and morality, class, the monarchy, and religion.

This new edition includes a contextualising timeline for those readers who are unfamiliar with the period, a new preface and a revised bibliography.


Preface 

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Because Lions Ain't Rabbits

Section One: 1900-1918

1.  From Ibsenity to Obscenity: Principles and Practice 1900-1909

2.  People Who Eat Peas With Their Knife: The Government Enquiry of 1909

3.  Cats, Canaries and Guinea Pigs: Principles and Practice 1909-1913

4.  A Clique of Erotic Women: The First World War (Part One)

5.  The Hidden Hand: The First World War (Part Two)

Section Two: 1919-1932

6. The Dead Men: Principles and Practice

7.  No Screams from Rabbit: Horror and Religion

8.  Merchandisers in Muck: The Immoral Maze

9.  Our Good Humoured Community: Domestic Politics

10.  Foreign Bodies: International Politics

Conclusion: A Gentler Process of Prevention

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

 

 

Nicholson is very readable. He tells a good story, both chronologically and in the many accounts of particular wrangles, campaigns, negotiations, subtleties, paradoxes and outrages. . . . He uses correspondence to give palpable life to human agencies within institutional structures.

- Theatre Research International

. . should be welcomed as a long overdue account of the role and function of British theatre censorship during the twentieth century.

- Modern Drama

Steve Nicholson is Professor of 20th-Century and Contemporary Theatre, and Director of Drama, in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. He is the series editor for Exeter Performance Studies and the author of British Theatre and the Red Peril: The Portrayal of Communism, 1917-1945, also published by UEP.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 360 pages
ISBN:
 9780859896382
Format:
 234mm x 156mm

Binding:
 PDF , 360 pages
ISBN:
 9780859899031

BIC Code:
 1DBK, 3JJ, AN, JFMD
BISAC Code:
  PER011000, POL039000
Imprint:
 University of Exeter Press


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