Obscenity John Manning

ISBN: 9781861892997

Published: September 30th 2007

Hardcover

400 pages


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Obscenity  by  John  Manning

Obscenity by John Manning
September 30th 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 400 pages | ISBN: 9781861892997 | 8.22 Mb

What is obscenity? In 1997, the U.S.Supreme Court defined it as anything prurient in nature, devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value, and in violation of local community standards. Thirty years earlier, Justice Potter StewartMoreWhat is obscenity? In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court defined it as anything prurient in nature, devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value, and in violation of local community standards.

Thirty years earlier, Justice Potter Stewart came up with his own memorable definition: “I know it when I see it.”No matter what you consider obscene—Lady Chatterley’s Lover or Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction”—the profane has formed part of the tapestry of our culture since its beginnings. Now John Manning takes a closer look at our fascination with obscenity through the works of some of the greatest writers and artists of all time, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare to Hogarth. Obscenity reveals how such works can be both deliberatively offensive and brilliantly inventive, displaying uncommon erudition and wild, childish exuberance.Despite the best efforts of lobbying groups, religious organizations, and Supreme Court justices, obscenity continues to flourish.

Obscenity is an intriguing examination of the art behind the offensive, in all its lewd and alluring forms.



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