London : Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1964-1967.
Caso, FrankNew York, NY : Facts On File, c2008.
The issue of censorship remains prevalent in today's society, taking on many different forms - from suppressing individuals' rights to speak freely and read what they choose to curtailing the independence of the media. Censorship may seem outdated in a world of globalization and electronic technology, but its practice throughout the world has not diminished since the era of the right- and left-wing dictatorships of the 20the century."Censorship" examines the history and current practices of censorship in five countries - the United States, Russia, China, Zimbabwe, and Egypt - and discusses key counterstrategies. In addition, this enlightening new volume contains relevant primary source documents that are placed in context with brief introductions; information on how to research and evaluate sources; biographical information on important figures whose lives were, or are, linked with censorship; and, a list of U.S. and international organizations and agencies that monitor and publicize censorship activity, provide legal assistance, and develop counterstrategies. An annotated bibliography, a glossary, and a chronology complete this invaluable resource.
Riley, Gail BlasserNew York : Facts on File, c1998.
Discusses the history of censorship and court cases and laws involving censorship, and offers information for conducting further research on the topic.
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A new exhibition in Stanford’s Green Library, co-curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate in history Hannah Marcus and Curator of Rare Books John Mustain, explores the phenomenon of writing in books from multiple perspectives. Through examples of early print and manuscript hybrids, scholarly annotation, dialogue in the margins, censorship, the use of blank pages and margins for incidental storage, and writers editing their own work post-publication, the exhibit considers the ways in which print and manuscript notation exist symbiotically in books to the benefit of historians and other scholars.
The Department of Art & Art History will host an online exhibition of new pieces by Prof. Xiaoze Xie, entitled Out of the Dark: Works by Xiaoze Xie. A virtual opening ceremony and panel discussion will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 PM. Out of the Dark: Works by Xiaoze Xie is an online exhibition that showcases Xiaoze Xie’s recent paintings from the Library Series, a video, and Forbidden Memories, a research-based project focusing on the history of banned books in China. Virtually displayed to scale in multiple spaces in the McMurtry Building, Xie’s recent work employs a variety of mediums including painting, installation, photography, and video to explore time, memory, history, and the issue of censorship. “I think a banned book is a battlefield, a site of power struggle; a banned book is where society, politics, art and literature converge.” For his ambitious project Forbidden Memories (2012–ongoing), Xie has systematically photographed more than 100 premodern Chinese books in various public collections and acquired over 800 books published from the early twentieth century to the present day. Taking advantage of the online format, Xie has expanded the display of both the photographs and acquired books for this exhibition, making it more inclusive than his previous installations. In the large glass vitrine, life-size photographs of 36 fascinating titles from the early Ming to the late Qing Dynasty (15th-19th c.) exemplify various categories of books banned for religious, philosophical, political, and moral reasons in Late Imperial China. Xie’s installation in the Critique Space creates an immersive environment with U-shape continuous cases displaying a wide variety of acquired modern books, surrounded by wallpaper with endless lists of banned books from the artist’s database. In addition to the installation and photographs of Forbidden Memories, large-scale paintings displayed in the Coulter Gallery, and the meditative video projection entitled Transience (2011) in the Foyer, further explore the vulnerability of culture in a broader context. Out of the Dark: Works by Xiaoze Xie will be on view at artexhibitions.stanford.edu beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Join us for the opening ceremony and panel discussion at 5 pm PST. Please register in advance. The panel discussion will feature Xiaoze Xie, joined by Richard Vinograd, Christensen Fund Professor in Asian Art; Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History; and Jidong Yang, Head of the East Asia Library at Stanford University. Moderated by Professor Vinograd, the panelists will engage in a public conversation on Xie’s work, the history of banned books in China, and the issue of censorship and its resonance with the current political climate.
The Secrets of Communist Laughter: Political Aesthetics and the Covert Sphere in the Soviet Lithuanian Humor Journal “Broom”
In 1956 the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party resurrected The Broom, the Soviet Lithuanian humor and satire journal. Like other Soviet humor journals it was a platform for building communism and fighting its enemies. But soon it became a cradle of a new covert national culture defined by modernist aesthetics and political opposition. The talk will explore how this covert sphere emerged in The Broom and prevailed despite the KGB, the Lithuanian Communist Party Central Committee, and GLAVLIT, the main censorship office, control. I will argue that laughing at socialist governance and everyday life, the editors, contributors, and readers experimented with socialist criticism and transgressed boundaries of legal opposition; they created covert political aesthetics grounded in utopias of antiSoviet sovereignty.Neringa Klumbytė is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Faculty at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University, Ohio. Her research has focused on political regimes and ideologies, social and political change, sovereignty, nationalism, and ethnicity, and memory and sovereignty in Soviet and postSoviet Lithuania. Her articles have appeared inAmerican Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Slavic Review, East European Politics and Societies, and other journals. She is a coeditor of Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 196485 (with Gulnaz Sharafutdinova), 2012.