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Filthy Material: Modernism and the Media of Obscenity

Chris Forster


Modernist literature is inextricable from the history of obscenity. The trials of such figures as James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and Radclyffe Hall loom large in accounts of twentieth-century literature. Filthy Material: Modernism and the Media of Obscenity reveals the ways that debates about obscenity and literature were shaped by changes in the history of media. The emergence of film, photography, and new printing technologies shaped how “literary value” was understood, altering how obscenity was defined and which texts were considered obscene. Filthy Material rereads the history of modernist ... More

Keywords: modernism, literature, obscenity, censorship, media, James Joyce, Ulysses, D. H. Lawrence, Radclyffe Hall, T. S. Eliot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Forster, author
Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University