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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
J M Coetzee
|Description:||xi, 289 pages ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||Taking offense --
Emerging from censorship --
Lady Chatterley's Lover: The taint of the Pornographic --
The harms of pornography: Catharine MacKinnon --
Erasmus: Madness and rivalry --
Osip Mandelstam and the Stalin Ode --
Censorship and Polemic: Solzhenitsyn --
Zbigniew Herbert and the figure of the censor --
Apartheid thinking --
The work of the censor: Censorship in South Africa --
The politics of dissent: Andre Brink --
Breyten Breytenback and the reader in the mirror.
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 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn engaging in a trial of wits with the organs of the Soviet state, Giving Offense 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 critizes the blankness of contemporary political science in its efforts to address the deeper motives behind apartheid.