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Duration 53:17

Fictional obscenities: lesbianism and censorship in the early 20th century

How was the concept of obscenity governed in the absence of specific statutes that defined what was and was not obscene? To what extent was this governance an effect of the time and place in which it emerged? Drawing on early-20th century case studies, all of which are compiled from files in The National Archives, Dr Louise Chambers investigates these questions in relation to the banning of novels whose narratives featured same sex relations between women.

This talk was part of The National Archives’ Diversity Week, a series of events and activities aimed at promoting equality and diversity.

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