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The Resource Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock, Amy Werbel

Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock, Amy Werbel

Label
Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock
Title
Lust on trial
Title remainder
censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock
Statement of responsibility
Amy Werbel
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Anthony Comstock was America’s first professional censor. From 1873 to 1915, as Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, Comstock led a crusade against lasciviousness, salaciousness, and obscenity that resulted in the confiscation and incineration of more than three million pictures, postcards, and books he judged to be obscene. But as Amy Werbel shows in this rich cultural and social history, Comstock’s campaign to rid America of vice in fact led to greater acceptance of the materials he deemed objectionable, offering a revealing tale about the unintended consequences of censorship. In Lust on Trial, Werbel presents a colorful journey through Comstock’s career that doubles as a new history of post–Civil War America’s risqué visual and sexual culture. Born into a puritanical New England community, Anthony Comstock moved to New York in 1868 armed with his Christian faith and a burning desire to rid the city of vice. Werbel describes how Comstock’s raids shaped New York City and American culture through his obsession with the prevention of lust by means of censorship, and how his restrictions provided an impetus for the increased circulation and explicitness of “obscene” materials. By opposing women who preached sexual liberation and empowerment, suppressing contraceptives, and restricting artistic expression, Comstock drew the ire of civil liberties advocates, inspiring more open attitudes toward sexual and creative freedom and more sophisticated legal defenses. Drawing on material culture high and low, including numerous examples of the “obscenities” Comstock seized, Lust on Trial provides fresh insights into Comstock’s actions and motivations, the sexual habits of Americans during his era, and the complicated relationship between law and cultural change
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Werbel, Amy Beth
Dewey number
306.77/1097309034
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6705
LC item number
.W47 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Comstock, Anthony
  • New York Society for the Suppression of Vice
  • Censorship
  • Obscenity (Law)
  • United States
Label
Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock, Amy Werbel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Anthony Comstock, from Canaan to Gotham -- Onward Christian soldiers: creating the industry and infrastructure of American vice suppression -- Taming America's "rich" and "racy" underbelly (volume I: 1871-1884) -- Artists, libertarians, and lawyers unite: the rise of the resistance (volume II: 1884-1895) -- New women, new technology, and the demise of Comstockery (volume III: 1895-1915) -- Conclusion: post mortem
Control code
on1006517300
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780231175227
Lccn
2017042441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231175227
  • (OCoLC)1006517300
Label
Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock, Amy Werbel
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Anthony Comstock, from Canaan to Gotham -- Onward Christian soldiers: creating the industry and infrastructure of American vice suppression -- Taming America's "rich" and "racy" underbelly (volume I: 1871-1884) -- Artists, libertarians, and lawyers unite: the rise of the resistance (volume II: 1884-1895) -- New women, new technology, and the demise of Comstockery (volume III: 1895-1915) -- Conclusion: post mortem
Control code
on1006517300
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780231175227
Lccn
2017042441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231175227
  • (OCoLC)1006517300

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