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Censorship Uncovered: Definitions, Overviews

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Censorship defined:

Originally,  [censorship] refers to the Roman state office of the censor [Brill's New Pauly]  whose duties included not only administering the population census and assigning property classes, but also jurisdiction "over breaches of private and public morality." [BNP]

Generally, the office, function, or period of a censor.

e.g., of the press: 1855   T. B. Macaulay Hist. Eng. IV. 540   The law which subjected the press to a censorship. [OED]

Etymologically, from Lat. censura (‘examination’, Middle Latin ‘supervision, reprimand’) -- describes the control (preventative or pre-censorship) and/or the suppression (repressive or post-censorship) of written records  [Brill's New Pauly]


Censorship, a World Encyclopedia

Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, c2001

4 volumes

  REF Z657 .C393 2001


Censorship, by Mark Paxton

Greenwood Press, 2008


Banned in the U.S.A.:a reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries

Greenwood Press, 2002


Banned in the media: a reference guide to censorship in the press, motion pictures, broadcasting, and the Internet / Herbert N. Foerstel

Greenwood Press, 1998


More Library Resources

Search for Censorship in Films on Demand

Search Academic Search Complete for Censorship as a Subject

Search in the same way in the database, America: History and Life

Searching the Gender Studies database retrieves a good number of international results,

as does searching MLA International Bibliography - with more concentration on literature.

Switch to Philosopher's Index for more theoretical articles

Searching Colby's Catalog for the Subject Censorship brings up a long list of places, times, and objects of censorship.

Here are a few of them:

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