This latest online exhibit from the Special Collections Digital Center at the University of Virginia Library (last mentioned in the November 29, 1999 Scout Report) focuses on "books, films, music, and works of art [that] have been suppressed, altered, expurgated, bleeped, blackened, cut, burned, or bowdlerized." Users move through the exhibit's nineteen main sections via a drop-down menu that spans topics from the bowdlerization of the classics to Margaret Sanger's opposition to laws governing birth control. According to the curators, the exhibit is designed to raise questions rather than to condemn censors, and perhaps in the service of that mission, the pages here range over a large number of censorship instances and issues without going into great depth about any one in particular. Despite our difficulty with the images (we could not enlarge some images from their thumbnails, and some images are not yet in place on the site, due to copyright and intellectual property issues), the exhibit is interesting and worth a visit.


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