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ENG4328 – Literature and Censorship

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Course content

This course considers the role of censorship in relation to literature and the theatre, focusing on cases from British literary history. We will acquaint ourselves with some theoretical and historical works on censorship, in addition to the development of the law, literary criticism and other discourses that can be related to the regulation of literature. We will investigate the primary text with the aim of interpreting both the text-internal and text-external factors that helped cause problems with the censor. The main focus will be on the period 1880-1930, but our discussions of Lawrence and the censorship of the theatre will take us up to the 1960s.

Learning outcome

You will learn to develop an awareness of the importance of institutional dimensions for the production and reception of literature, and to develop an awareness of the special features of the medium of the book. You will acquire knowledge of some of the varied historical functions of censorship, and develop your analytical and critical skills through confronting these literary texts and their contexts.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students who are not part of the literature programme will need at least 20 study points from courses in English-language literature, English language or civilization.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good written and oral abilities in English.


The course will consist of a double seminar each week throughout the semester, totalling 28 hours. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments and otherwise study on their own. Students are required to participate in the seminars throughout the entire semester.


The student will have one oral presentation (pass/fail) on a given topic and will need to submit a written thesis numbering 10 standard pages, which may later form a starting point for the master’s thesis. The thesis will be marked according to a graded scale from A to E for a pass and F for a fail.


Minimum 3 students, maximum 15. Students admitted for the Master programme in literature (English language specialisation) will be given priority.

With a somewhat extended reading list, the module will count as 15 study points in the old system.

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Autumn 2004


Autumn 2004

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