Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century

Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century

Arguing that theatrical censorship coincides with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural traditions, John Houchin explores its impact on twentieth-century American theatre. Along with the well-known example of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, other almost equally influential events affected the course of the American stage during the century. After a summary of censorship in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, Houchin analyzes key political and theatrical events between 1900 and 2000.


"Houchin has written the most comprehensive book currently available on censorship in 20th-century American theater.... Essential." Choice

"Although Houchin's emphasis is more on the history of censorship and less on an argument about it, he does a splendid job defining the forces behind that conservatism and observing how those forces adapt and take different form over time." American Literature, D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University


CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2004
Finalist, 2003 TLA George Freedley Award