Repeal of Reticence by Rochelle Gurstein
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Repeal of Reticence
By Rochelle Gurstein

The Repeal of Reticence

A History of America's Cultural and Legal Struggles Over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art

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Repeal of Reticence by Rochelle Gurstein

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This striking study of America's battles over what we can decently say and do in public traces how and why principled debate about the character of our common world has been displaced by a new kind of public noise. Rochelle Gurstein offers a brilliant history of the arguments made for and against the forces - invasive journalism, realist fiction, and sex reform - that altered public discourse between the late nineteenth century, when they first appeared, and the 1960s, when new controversies erupted about mass culture, avant-garde art, and sexual liberation. Now the public sphere is dominated by rights talk, by puritan-baiting, and by knee-jerk liberalism or illiberalism. Is this the best we can do? Gurstein gives a detailed account of how the "party of exposure" successfully opened American public life to matters that had once been hidden away in private, and studies the unexpected consequences of that victory. And she retrieves a way of thinking, wrongly discredited as "Victorian, " that could in fact move us beyond our stalemates over what should and what should not be said or done in public. Once, Americans influenced by the "party of reticence" held that if personal matters were exposed to public scrutiny they risked becoming trivial or obscene; they thought that any indiscriminate display of private matters deformed standards of taste and judgment, lowered the tone of public conversation, and polluted public space. Ms. Gurstein's penetrating analysis suggests that we must reconsider these positions, and she establishes the vital connection between our legal-cultural history and current debates about obscenity, privacy, and issues of public decency.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780809016129
ISBN-10: 0809016125
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Hill & Wang
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rochelle Gurstein

Rochelle Gurstein, professor of history at the Bard Graduate Center, lives in New York City. She is the author of "The Repeal of Reticence."

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