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Giving Offense

(1996)
Essays on Censorship
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J. M. Coetzee presents a coherent, unorthodox analysis of censorship from the perspective of one who has lived and worked under its shadow. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. He argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship.

From Osip Mandelstam commanded to compose an ode in praise of Stalin, to Breyten Breytenbach writing poems under and for the eyes of his prison guards, to Aleksander Solzhenitsyn engaging in a trial of wits with the organs of the Soviet state, Giving Offense focuses on the ways authors have historically responded to censorship. It also analyzes the arguments of Catharine MacKinnon for the suppression of pornography and traces the operations of the old South African censorship system.

    

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April 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-226-11174-1 / 978-0-226-11174-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
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November 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-226-11176-8 / 978-0-226-11176-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA