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Teaching and Reading Materials 2019-20

Week 1 Primary Reading

Ideally students should familiarise themselves with both of the following novels, but for week 1 they must read the following handouts:

Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. New York: The Modern Library, 2001.

Chapter 12 and 13

Suggested Secondary Reading (Optional)

Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Boston: Bedford Books, 1998.

Chapter XI

Chapter XIV

Lawrence, D. H. "A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover". In Sex, Literature and Censorship. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1955.

Hardy, Thomas. "Candour in English Fiction".

Bradshaw, David, and Rachel Potter. Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. (E-book available Warwick Library)

Week 2 Primary Reading

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950

Obscene Publications Act 1959 (as amended), Sections 1, 2 and 4

Handyside v UK (1976) 1 EHRR 737 paras. 43-59

C.H. Rolph, The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina v Penguin Books Limited (1990) Justice Byrne’s summing up

Freedom of expression: Prime Minister of Finland – book published by ex-girlfriend – Case Comment on Ojala and Etukeno Oy v Finland (2014) EHRLR 295-298

J. Collins, ‘Former prisoners have the right to write’ The Guardian 9 Nov 2009

Secondary Reading (Optional)

C. Hilliard, ‘Is it a Book That You Would Even Wish Your Wife or Your Servants to Read? Obscenity Law and the Politics of Reading in Modern England’ (2013) American Historical Review 653

G. Robertson, Obscenity – An Account of Censorship Laws and their Enforcement in England and Wales, (London: Widenfeld and Nicolson, 1979), Chapters 3

M. Foucault, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, (New York: Random House, 1978) Parts 1-3

Week 3 Primary Reading

Lynn Segal, Is the Future Female: Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism (1987), Chapter 3.

L.Schwartz, Infidel Feminism: Secularism, Religion and Women's Emancipation, England 1830-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2013), Chapter 6.

Week 4 Primary Reading

Shahriar Mandanipour Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Secondary Reading (Optional)

Coetzee, J. M. Giving Offence: Essays on Censorship. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Sadia Abbas, "The Echo Chamber of Freedom: The Muslim Woman and the Pretext of Agency"

Week 5 Primary Reading

Abstracts from:

Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. Checkmark Books, 1999.

Kerry H. Robinson. Innocence, Knowledge and the Construction of Childhood: The contradictory nature of sexuality and censorship in children's contemporary lives. Routledge, 2012.

Nicholas J. Karolides, Lee Burress, John M. Kean. Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints. The Scarecrow Press, 1993.

Secondary Reading (Optional)

Kelly Taylor and David McMenemy "Censorship challenges to books in Scottish Public libraries"

Nigel Morris "The return of section 28: schools and academics practising homophobic policy that was outlawed under Tony Blair" The Independent 19 August 2013

Mary Renck Jalongo and Anne Drolett Creany "Censorship in Children's Literature: What every educator should know" Spring 1991

Week 6 Primary Reading

David Nutt Drugs Without The Hot Air

Watch the video of the lecture that can be found on the front page. Feel free to watch the 2016 or 2017 lecture or both!

Week 7 Primary Reading

Aaron Swartz, ‘Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto’

Aaron Swartz Interview Video: Censorship and the Internet

John Naughton - Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness – and was hounded to his death. The Guardian, 7 February 2015

Documentary - The Internet's Own Boy The Story of Aaron Swartz

Henry Giroux "Rethinking Education as the Practice of Freedom: Paulo Freire and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy."

Suggested Secondary Reading (Optional)

Paulo Freire - Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Week 8 Primary Reading

Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis

Week 9 Primary Reading

Procter, R. et al. Digital wildfires: hyper-connectivity, havoc and a global ethos to govern social media.

Procter, R. et al. Reading the riots on Twitter: methodological innovation for the analysis of big data.

Useful Websites:

Digital Wildfires project:

Pheme project:

Week 10 - Student Conference

Programme 2019

Abstracts 2019

Programme 2018

Abstracts 2018

Final Programme (Word Document)

Provisional Programme (Word Document)

Conference Poster (PDF Document)

Abstracts (Word Document)

Week 10 - Student Conference 2015-2016

Provisional Programme (Word Document)

Conference Poster (PDF Document) (PDF Document)


Group 1 - State Censorship (Word Document)

Group 2 - Self-Censorship in Online Feminine Discourse (Word Document)

Group 3 - To What Extent Do UK Anti-Drug Laws Constitute Censorship, and to What Extent Is This Censorship Justified? (Word Document)

Group 4 - Censorship, education and feminism (Word Document)

Group 5 - Censorship in Contemporary Society (Word Document)

Group 6 - From Overt to Covert: using The Picture of Dorian Gray to illustrate how fear remains a primary motivator of censorship (Word Document)

IIATL Presentation

PowerPoints 2019

PowerPoint Week 1

PowerPoint Week 2

PowerPoint Week 3

PowerPoint Week 4

PowerPoint Week 5

PowerPoint Week 7

PowerPoint Week 8

PowerPoint Week 9

Handout Week 9

Week 10

Abstracts WK10

PowerPoints 2018

PowerPoint Week 1

PowerPoint Week 2

PowerPoint Week 3

PowerPoint Week 4

PowerPoint Week 5

PowerPoint Week 7

PowerPoint Week 8 can be found Week 7 (2016-17)

PowerPoint Week 9

PowerPoints 2017

PowerPoint Week 1 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 2 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 3 (Powerpoint Presentation) (Powerpoint Presentation) (Word Document)

PowerPoint Week 4 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 5 (Powerpoint Presentation) (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 6 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 7 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 8 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 9 (Powerpoint Presentation)

Our Zine (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoints 2016

PowerPoint Week 1 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 2 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoints Week 3 (Powerpoint Presentation) (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 4 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoints Week 5 (Powerpoint Presentation) (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 6 (Powerpoint Presentation) (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 7 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 8 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint Week 9 (Powerpoint Presentation)

PowerPoint David Nutt's public lecture (Powerpoint Presentation)