History 101.009

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 1-2

During the nineteenth and twentieth century, the state's attempt to control information reached into nearly every sphere possible. Censorship concerned itself with state secrets and foreign politics, domestic discord and economics, nationalism and religion, and the maintenance of public morality that touched on matter ranging from dangerous philosophies to pornography.

This seminar will focus on the various ways in which censorship has defined roles for the state: as an oppressive Big Brother, a protective father, and so forth. We will also consider the problems associated with the censorship of various media, ranging from newsprint through books, film, and theatre. After spending the first third of the semester familiarizing themselves with the various methods of studying censorship, students will be encouraged to focus either on a particular instance of censorship (for example, the Armenian Genocide, or the censorship of nationalist writing at the turn of the century), or on the wider practice of censorship in one state during a limited period of time.