Panizzi Lectures 2013/14

The 2013 Panizzi Lectures

Censors at Work: Bourbon France, Imperialist India and Communist East Germany.

A series of three lectures by Professor Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of theUniversity Library at Harvard.  Professor Darnton’s latest books are The Case for Books (2009), The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2010), and Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010).

Lecture One

Monday 6 January 2014

18.30-19.30

BOURBON FRANCE: PRIVILEGE AND REPRESSION

Censorship under the Ancien Régime in France was positive: a royal endorsement of a book’s quality in the form of a privilege.  Books that could not qualify for privileges circulated in a vast underground trade, which a specialized literary police attempted, with limited success, to repress.

 

Lecture Two

Tuesday 7 January 2014

18.30-19.30

IMPERIALIST INDIA: LIBERALISM AND IMPERIALISM

After the rebellion of 1857, the British masters of India realized they understood little about the country they had conquered and therefore produced extensive surveys of “native” literature.  The surveys reveal the nature of imperialist discourse about Indian literature, and they provided material for the repression of everything deemed seditious after the partition of Bengal in 1905.

 

Lecture Three

Thursday 9 January 2014

18.30-19.30

COMMUNIST EAST GERMANY: PLANNING AND PERSECUTION

In Communist East Germany, censorship meant “planning,” a literary version of social engineering.  Every book had to be incorporated in an annual plan after a complex process of negotiation and compromise, which made authors complicit with censors and led to struggles that reverberated up to the top of the power structure.

FREE ADMISSION

Please note that these events are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on the night on a first come, first served basis.

Dates: 
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 18:30 to Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 18:30
Location: 
Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB