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Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century
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  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.63 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 363.31
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN2044.U62 H68 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theater--Censorship--United States--History--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521818193 | ISBN-10: 0521818192)

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Arguing that theatrical censorship coincides with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural traditions, John Houchin explores its impact on twentieth-century American theatre. Along with the well-known example of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, other almost equally influential events affected the course of the American stage during the century. After a summary of censorship in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, Houchin analyzes key political and theatrical events between 1900 and 2000.


Introduction; 1. Overture: theatrical censorship from the puritans to Anthony Comstock; 2. Bad girls, tough guys and the changing of the guard; 3. Flappers and fanatics; 4. Have you now or have you ever …; 5. Bye, bye American pie; 6. The past is prologue.

Prize Winner

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2004

Finalist, 2003 TLA George Freedley Award


"Houchin has written the most comprehensive book currently available on censorship in 20th-century American theater.... Essential." Choice

"Although Houchin's emphasis is more on the history of censorship and less on an argument about it, he does a splendid job defining the forces behind that conservatism and observing how those forces adapt and take different form over time." American Literature, D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University

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