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Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day

David Bradshaw and Rachel Potter


This innovative book comprises nine essays from leading scholars which investigate the relationship between fiction, censorship, and the legal construction of obscenity in Britain between 1850 and the present day. Each of the chapters focuses on a distinct historical period and each has something new to say about the literary works it spotlights, often based on new archival sources. These chapters fundamentally refresh our understanding of the way texts had to negotiate the moral and legal minefields of public reception. The book is original in the historical period it covers, starting in 1850 ... More

Keywords: Censorship, fiction, 1850–present day, obscenity, offence, prudes, public morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bradshaw, editor
Professor of English Literature and Fellow and Tutor in English, Worcester College, Oxford

Rachel Potter, editor
Senior Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia