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Obscenity, Censorship, and the Regulation of Morals in the US from 1873 to Present
AMST 273
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 273

This course examines the social, cultural, and political foundations of censorship in the United States from 1873 to the present. Beginning with the passage of the Comstock Act and continuing through the pornography wars of the 1980s, students will evaluate an array of primary and secondary sources that illuminate the anxieties, fears, and changing understandings of morality that informed the drive against indecency. The readings will pay particular attention to the role that gender, class, sexuality, and religion played in establishing a modern definition of obscenity. The class will also chronicle the continuing struggle to promote civil liberties, exercise freedom of speech, and subvert censoring regimes through direct resistance and subtle manipulation. Documenting campaigns against the birth control movement, sex radicals, film, theater, homosexuality, comic books, pornography, and political dissidents, this course seeks to critically examine the role of censorship in a democratic society.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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