Censorship in American Culture
An upper level course on the topic of censorship in American culture, from the late 19th century to the present. The course explores many of the areas where debates about obscenity & censorship have been urgently contested, from discussion bout birth control, to literature, film, theatre, art galleries & history museums, to public sidewalks, lecture halls, & the internet. The goal is for the students to have an enhanced understanding of the historical contexts in which important cultural & legal struggles over censorship have taken place, & to bring that understanding to bear on contemporary debates about the arts, sexuality, national security, media technology, privacy, & government involvement in the marketplace of ideas & images.
- Old Course Number: E59.1010