Paperback / softback $32.99 - Little, Brown Book Group
Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs - Published: 28/May/2019 - ISBN: 9780349004099
Wolf illuminates a dramatic history - how a single English law in 1857 effectively invented modern obscenity. Before 1857 it wasn't 'homosexuality' - a term that didn't yet exist - that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. The law made not only love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love also became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable. Wolf traces how we arrived at our ideas of 'normalcy' and 'deviancy' - and the idea of the state's purported need and right to police speech – from the introduction of this influential law.
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