By Mark Cohen

Cohen evaluations Timothy Findley's extensive anti-censorship place; he lines Margaret Atwood's evolution from implicit help for the censorship of pornography in physically damage to the rejection of censorship within the Handmaid's story; and he offers the 1st exact learn of the draft of Margaret Laurence's unfinished novel, displaying the measure to which her ultimate silence used to be due to the her censorship ordeal. ultimately, an research of the writing of Beatrice Culleton and Marlene Nourbese Philip indicates how other forms of socio-cultural censorship - from gate-keepers to self-censorship - silence local and black Canadian voices. Cohen's re-definition of censorship as primarily a convention of judgment takes us past the normal Enlightenment delineation of censorship as an oppressive executive perform and the resultant neutralist liberal condemnation of censorship on precept. for the reason that judgment is enmeshed within the textile of human endeavour, censorship is inevitable; due to the fact censorship is inevitable, Cohen concludes, debate over no matter if censorship itself is fascinating should still collapse to a look for censorship practices which are extra simply. Censorship in Canadian Literature is a necessary textual content for students of Canadian literature in addition to for a person thinking about modern debates approximately censorship and civil rights.

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The gulf between those who favour and those who oppose these things is growing wider and deeper. For myself, I am on the side of opposition. Nothing can make me believe another human being should have the power to prevent me from reading what I want or what I need to read" (Inside Memory, 315). In this chapter I will examine issues of censorship involving Findley's work first by looking at several incidents of exclusion or alteration that have befallen his writing, from rejection by publishers to the threat of a libel suit to removal of his books from schools.

Also, there may have been a sense that the novel, which resides on one's bookshelf and can be consulted again and again, is a more permanent and accessible record than a film. Profanity in a novel is there forever; profanity in a film flits across the mind of the viewer and is quickly supplanted by the next scene. Whatever the reason, the presence of profanity in the film makes its absence in the novel conspicuous, suggesting selfcensorship was at work in creation of the latter. In addition to suggesting self-censorship in the novel, the film version of The Wars itself displays several striking examples of Findley's 28 Censorship in Canadian Literature self-censorship.

Native interests" ... "rhetoric," etc. (14) In other words, many activities we generally call by other names constitute censorship. People who are silent out of fear ("fear-ship") are censoring themselves. A government agency that denies a grant 33 The Case against Censorship: Timothy Findley to a White writer in order to promote "Native interests" is also censoring. Findley probably presents this broad definition as a "hook" to interest the reader in his article (or the listener in his speech): it is radically different from what people think of as the "traditional" definition of censorship.

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