The Repeal of Reticence

A History of America's Cultural and Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art

Rochelle Gurstein

Hill and Wang

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At a time when America’s faculties of taste and judgment—along with the sense of the sacred and shameful—have become utterly vacant, Rochelle Gurstein delivers an important and troubling warning. Covering landmark developments in America’s modern culture and law, she charts the demise of what was dismissively called “gentility” in the face of First Amendment triumphs for journalists, sex educators, and novelists—from Margaret Sanger’s advocacy of birth control to Judge Woolsey’s celebrated defense of Ulysses. Weaving together a study of the legal debates over obscenity and free speech with a cultural study of the critics and writers who framed the issues, Gurstein offers a trenchant reconsideration of the sacred value of privacy.

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Rochelle Gurstein

Rochelle Gurstein, professor of history at the Bard Graduate Center, lives in New York City.

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The Repeal of Reticence
A History of America's Cultural and Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art
Rochelle Gurstein

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
September 1998
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ISBN: 9780809016129
ISBN10: 0809016125
372 pages
$28.00
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