• Pornography in the Library

    Author(s):
    David Squires (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, TC Sexuality Studies, TM Libraries and Research
    Subject(s):
    20th century, Academic librarianship, American studies, Collecting, Popular culture studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    pornography
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6PR4F
    Abstract:
    In a book review of Story of O, part of which appeared on the cover of early paperback editions, Eliot Fremont-Smith wrote that its publication in 1965 marked “the end of any coherent restrictive application of the concept of pornography to books.” This essay explores the implications of that significant shift in censorship policy for libraries. Arguing that in the late 1960s libraries emerged as a privileged institutional space for negotiating “community standards,” Squires emphasizes the spatial dimension central to the invention and management of pornography. From abstract questions of cataloging to concrete concerns about shelving, libraries constitute a virtual and a physical space for consolidating the public they serve.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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