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Erotic novel first banned 270 years ago is censored AGAIN

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  • Fanny Hill the tale of a young girl’s sexual exploits was infamous for its content
  • It was published in London in 1748 but was denounced by the Bishop of London
  • Professor Judith Hawley has revealed she has removed it from reading lists

An erotic novel first banned more than 200 years ago has been censored once again – in case it upsets students.

Fanny Hill, the tale of a young girl’s sexual exploits, was infamous for its racy content. The book by John Cleland was published in London in 1748 but was denounced by the Bishop of London as the ‘lewdest thing I ever saw’. It was banned a year later.

Censorship was lifted in 1970 and it has since been routinely taught on university literature courses. In 2007, it was adapted for a highly successful BBC series by Andrew Davies.

Fanny Hill, the tale of a young girl’s sexual exploits, was infamous for its racy content it was first published in 1748

But now Professor Judith Hawley, of London University, an expert on 18th Century literature, has revealed she has struck it from her students’ reading list in case it upsets them.

She told the Radio 4 programme The Invention Of Free Speech: ‘In the 1980s I both protested against the opening of a sex shop in Cambridge and taught Fanny Hill. Nowadays I would be worried about causing offence to my students.’

But Professor Frank Furedi, from Kent University, said: ‘The idea that young men and women need to be protected from reading this is tragic.’

He added it created the impression that they could only handle the most ‘banal, boring accounts of life’.

Professor Judith Hawley, of London University (pictured), an expert on 18th Century literature, has revealed she has struck it from her students’ reading list in case it upsets them

Professor Judith Hawley, of London University (pictured), an expert on 18th Century literature, has revealed she has struck it from her students’ reading list in case it upsets them

 

 

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