Censored, Forbidden, Banned
Redacted, prohibited, expurgated, Bowdlerized, suppressed, the list goes on…So many ways to say that something should not be read. This course examines how works from the past have offended, scandalized, and alarmed readers separated by hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of years. We will investigate this nexus of art and social control by reading works from a variety of genres and disciplines, including epic, lyric, fiction, philosophy, religion, politics, cosmology, science, memoir, children’s literature, and film. Visits to rare books will allow us to scrutinize the materiality of these interventions in detail. Readings from Gilgamesh, Plato’s Republic, Ovid’s Art of Love, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Machiavelli’s Prince, Pico’s Oration on the Dignity of Man, Tullia d’Aragona’s Dialogue on the Infinity of Love, Giordano Bruno’s Ash-Wednesday Supper, Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two World Systems, The Arabian Nights, Casanova’s Story of My Life, Collodi’s Pinocchio, and Fellini’s La dolce vita.
Martin Eisner, email@example.com