• David Squires deposited Pornography in the Library in the group Group logo of LLC 20th- and 21st-Century AmericanLLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 1 year, 4 months ago

    In a book review of Story of O, part of which appeared on the cover of early paperback editions, Eliot Fremont-Smith wrote that its publication in 1965 marked “the end of any coherent restrictive application of the concept of pornography to books.” This essay explores the implications of that significant shift in censorship policy for libraries. Arguing that in the late 1960s libraries emerged as a privileged institutional space for negotiating “community standards,” Squires emphasizes the spatial dimension central to the invention and management of pornography. From abstract questions of cataloging to concrete concerns about shelving, libraries constitute a virtual and a physical space for consolidating the public they serve.