Censorship and Publishing
Recently, a number of classes and seminars on the MAs and BAs in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies have been concentrating on aspects of censorhip.
Students in the MA module Publishing and Language Issues presented work on the issues surrounding the publication of Sherry Jones's The Jewel of the Medina, while students in the MA and BA modules on the History and Culture of Publishing heard Steve Hare, collector of Penguin Books, talk about Penguin's involvement in the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial in 1960.
Meanwhile, issues surrounding censorship, content editing, and updating classic texts were discussed by students on the MA module Children's Publishing. Examples such as Enid Blyton, Tintin in the Congo, Melvin Burgess and Jacqueline Wilson were examined. In the BA Marketing module, recent controversies surrounding the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai were debated.
On Monday 2 March, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies are hosting an open seminar given by Dr Peter McDonald of St Hugh's College, Oxford, on his new book The Literature Police, which is a study of censorship under South African apartheid.