Press Censorship in Elizabethan England

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August 1997



This is a revisionist history of press censorship in the rapidly expanding print culture of the sixteenth century. Clegg establishes the nature and source of the controls, and evaluates their means and effectiveness. By considering the literary and bibliographical evidence of books that were censored, and placing them in the literary, religious, economic and political culture of the time, Clegg concludes that press control was neither a routine nor a consistent mechanism. The book will become the standard reference work on Elizabethan press censorship.


Part I. The Practice of Censorship: 1. Privilege, license, and authority: the Crown and the press; 2. Elizabethan press controls; 3. Elizabethan censorship proclamations; Part II. Censored Texts: 4. Catholic propagandists; 5. George Gascoigne and the rhetoric of censorship; 6. John Stubbs's The Discovery of a Gaping Gulf and realpolitik; 7. The review and reform of Holinshed's Chronicles; 8. Martin Marprelate and the puritan press; 9. The 1599 bishops' ban; 10. Conclusion.


'With considerbale patience and care, Clegg succeeds in exploding a few tenacious myths about Elizabethan press censorship. The case studies are well researched and convincingly argued ... This study makes a valuable contribution to the burgeoning History of the Book.' Media History 'Her careful and comprehensive scholarship lucidly presents an interpretation of Elizabethan press censorship that destroys the underlying assumptions of many recent 'new historicist' and 'cultural materialist' literary and cultural studies of the period ... this book will become essential reading for anyone wishing to understand early modern print culture, whether from a literary or an historical perspective.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History '... a deeply thoughtful and well-researched study which utilizes both textual and documentary evidence to unravel the complexities of censorship in early modern England - many of them for the first time - and which will provide essential reading for both literary scholars and historians alike'. The English Historical Review
EAN: 9780521573122
ISBN: 0521573122
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1997
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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