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Matthew Fellion and Katherine Inglis. Censored: A Literary History of Subversion & Control

Fellion and Inglis, scholars based in Edinburgh, take on the rather large task of providing an English-language literary history of censorship beginning in the fourteenth century and ending in the twentieth. Geographically, their primary focus is the UK and the US. The authors not only cross the Atlantic, but also cross genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, comics, and graphic novels. The sheer quantity of topics and time periods is daunting, but Censored succeeds in its mission. With grace, astuteness, and care, the authors provide significant (but not overwhelming) details that illuminate their thesis: censorship – whether founded in political, religious, or special interest motives – is an exercise of power which inevitably hurts those with the least amount of privilege.