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Circles of CensorshipCensorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory$
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Nicholas Harrison

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Circles of Censorship

Nicholas Harrison

Oxford University Press

Jean-Jacques Pauvert started publishing Sade's complete works in 1947. For a decade, however, these works were confiscated by the police until legal proceedings in 1956 were initiated against Pauvert. This happened because Sade's works were said to have comprised an ‘outrage aux bonnes mœurs’. Although Pauvert was found guilty in the December of that year, he was acquitted the following year in the Court of Appeal. As Sade's work became widely available, it grew to be regarded as one of French literature's greatest collections. The trial set off a phase in making other such works accessible and widely read. On one hand, the ‘Sade Affair’ may be seen as the censorship system's last issue. On the other hand, it signified a contribution to the history of censorship.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Pauvert, Sade, French literature, legal proceedings, censorship system, censorship

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