Bowdlerization

Entertainment / Literature / Bowdlerization: A later editor's censorship of sexuality, profanity, and political sentiment of an earlier author's text. Editors and scholars usually use this term in a derogatory way to denote an inferior or incomplete text. A text censored in this way is said to be bowdlerized. The term comes from the name of Reverend Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825) who produced The Family Shakespeare (1815-18). He removed whatever he considered 'unfit to be read by a gentleman in the company of ladies.'

Ur-Text

Entertainment / Literature / Ur-Text: A hypothetical 'best' version of a lost literary text based on correlating later manuscripts and examining the differences between them. An Ur-text is not an actual physical manuscript we can examine MORE

Censorship

Entertainment / Literature / Censorship: The act of hiding, removing, altering or destroying copies of art or writing so that general public access to it is partially or completely limited. Contrast with bowdlerization. MORE

Bowdlerize

Entertainment / Literature / Bowdlerize: To censor or alter an earlier writer's work. See discussion under bowdlerization, above. MORE

Links
Home
Glossary
Thesaurus