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Governing Pleasures. Pornography and Social Change in England, 1815–1914

Pornography used to be regarded as ephemeral, trivial and unimportant. Insofar as it had a history, it was as one aspect of the long battle for, and ultimate triumph of, free speech. Histories of literary censorship and legal obscenity by writers like H. Montgomery Hyde which celebrated the gradual destruction of ‘Victorian’ controls on expressionContinue reading “Governing Pleasures. Pornography and Social Change in England, 1815–1914”