By Dawn B. Sova
As public tastes switch, so does the character of renowned drama. within the 5th century BCE, Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" attracted censors for its subject matters of wifely uprising and intercourse. From the fifteenth to the 18th centuries, performs have been censored essentially for non secular or political purposes. within the nineteenth century, social and sexual purposes for censorship emerged, and sleek moralists have objected to works via such playwrights as Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, and Lillian Hellman. so much lately, performs facing themes akin to homosexuality and AIDS have garnered undesirable consciousness from censors. This paintings outlines the censorship historical past of one hundred twenty five vintage performs from precedent days to the current. every one access offers the name(s) lower than which the play has seemed, the date it used to be produced and kingdom of unique creation, a precis of the play, its censorship heritage, and proposals for extra reading.
Among the works coated are: "Angels in the USA - Millennium Approaches", Tony Kushner, 1991; "Le Barbier de Seville", Pierre Beaumarchis, 1775; "The Children's Hour", Lillian Hellman, 1934; "The Crucible", Arthur Miller, 1953; "Henry IV, half 2", William Shakespeare, 1598; "Jesus Christ Superstar" Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1971; "Oedipus Rex", Sophocles, 425 BCE; "Oh! Calcutta", Kenneth Tynan, 1969; "Salome", Oscar Wilde, 1896; and "Le Tartruffe", Moliere, 1669.
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