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The Secret Museum

The Secret Museum
Author : Walter Kendrick
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Total Pages : 336
Release : 1996
ISBN 10 : 0520207297
ISBN 13 : 9780520207295
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Although erotica has always existed, "pornography" is a recent phenomenon: as late as the eighteenth century the word did not exist. From the secret museums to the pornography trials of Madame Bovary and Lady Chatterly's Lover, to Mapplethorpe, cable TV, and the Internet, Walter Kendrick explores how conceptions of pornography relate to issues of freedom of expression and censorship. He provides, too, a fascinating portrait gallery of the jurists, artists, guardians of public morality, sleaze merchants, and civil libertarians who have played roles in the changing definitions of pornography.

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