Stephanie Piamonte is a doctoral candidate in criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her thesis explores ways of making sense of obscene literature through history. She is the first of our 2016 HDR International Visiting Scholars.
Fanny Hill (1748) is widely acknowledged to be the first English-language pornographic, or sexually obscene, novel. For over 200 this novel has been subject to numerous varying efforts to regulate and ban it on the grounds of obscenity. Through the lens of this novel, this project explores the contexts of obscenity, the actors and institutions that are involved in the production and regulation of obscenity, as well as how these changed over time.
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