ISBN : 9780190238636
The Censorship Effect argues that the stylistic features that prompted the criminal indictment of Madame Bovary and Les Fleurs du Mal were the products of an intense struggle and negotiation with a culture of censorship. Censorship not only shaped the composition of these works but affected their reception and continues to operate in the field of literary criticism. Far from manifesting the autonomy proclaimed by modernism's defenders, both works show (and retain) signs of self-censorship. French modernism begins and remains deeply embedded in a culture of censorship whose proprieties, both literary and social, Baudelaire and Flaubert nevertheless challenged and transgressed.
Introduction, Hypocritical Readers: Baudelaire, Flaubert and the Censors
Chapter One, The Waltz of Censorship
Chapter Two, Flaubert's Foresight
Chapter Three, Baudelaire's Precautions
Chapter Four, Pornograms
Chapter Five, Second Thoughts