The Encyclopedia of Censorship

The Encyclopedia of Censorship

by Jonathon Green
     
 

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Karolides (English, U. of Wisconsin, River Falls) and Green, a UK-based lexicographer, present a resource focused on the history and evolution of censorship and its role in society today. The topic is broad and continues to evolve, and both editors mention in their introductory comments that the encyclopedia necessarily has gaps and cannot be entirely current.… See more details below

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Karolides (English, U. of Wisconsin, River Falls) and Green, a UK-based lexicographer, present a resource focused on the history and evolution of censorship and its role in society today. The topic is broad and continues to evolve, and both editors mention in their introductory comments that the encyclopedia necessarily has gaps and cannot be entirely current. Nevertheless, this work offers a serious resource appropriate for a general readership (high school level and above), presenting about 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries ranging in length from a paragraph to several two-column pages. Each includes cross references and reading lists. About 90 entries focus on the policies and practices of individual countries regarding freedom of expression; other entries detail the histories of particular censored works, discuss relevant legal cases and historical events, and profile significant people and organizations. This edition substantially updates and expands the first (1990). Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In this new edition, Karolides broadens the scope of Green's 1990 version, adding entries for 1988 through 2004, seventy-five countries, and thirty-seven challenged books. As with the earlier version, entries include persons, groups, trials, geographic regions, and censored media. The new volume adds approximately two hundred pages and covers ancient and modern censorship. The strengths of this resource are its relevance and its breadth of international and national data. The research is worth the price. The book's vast subject and broad coverage, however, defy a cohesive structure and style. Background information is often not provided. The country profiles lack uniformity. Entries for books and films are not labeled as they were in the 1990 edition, a confusing omission. Bias in some entries goes beyond the promulgation of a free speech agenda. (In the Carnal Knowledge entry, the term "traditional morals" carries vague connotations, and the Charles Carrington entry ends with a specious speculation on his death). The writing can be lackluster or downright awkward (The Go Ask Alice entry: "In the skeletal form the plot is . . . straightforward."). Finally information is filed haphazardly. The American Library Association's (ALA) Banned Books lists are tucked into the U.S. entry, and many references to ALA are not in the index. Excellent research and timely subject matter merit the cost, balancing flawed editing and organization. Be prepared to seek additional resources for background and clarification. With those caveats, this resource is recommended for purchase as budgets allow. 2005, Facts on File, 689p.; Index. Biblio. Further Reading., PLB $85.. Ages 11 to Adult.
—CaitlinAugusta
Library Journal - Library Journal
The crowded roster of those who have been affected by censorship, as well as the books, films, and other works attacked, are found in these informative pages. Controversies that have arisen over the years are given historical context; highly valuable national wrap-ups treat the culture, law, and predominant trends of diverse lands. The entries, written in factual, declamatory style, are usually less than a page. Bibliographic detail is limited, but the literature is well represented. Green makes little attempt to convey the censor's outlook; he states that in his research he found few writings advocating censorship. Though he details censorship in U.S libraries, he takes little note of the most recent developments. Still, this work should be useful in fielding queries with free-expression angles. Recommended for most libraries.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.
Booknews
A reference detailing the history and current status of censorship around the world and throughout history. Nearly 1,000 entries cover the issues, events, laws, and individuals that have played a role in the history of censorship, a phenomenon probably as old as human communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816044641
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Facts on File Library of World History
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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