bowdlerisation


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Noun1.bowdlerisation - written material that has been bowdlerized
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
2.bowdlerisation - the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
expurgation, castration - the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
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There they are, and they do look a little out of place to the more sensitive taste of 1870; but to have mutilated the songs would have spoiled the collection [...] (48) This reviewer, swimming against the nineteenth-century tide of bowdlerisation, demonstrates that, although taste is now more 'sensitive', original texts should be preserved.
He is the man who gave his name to unnecessarily prim censorship - bowdlerisation. For instance, he referred to Ophelia's suicide in Hamlet as an accidental drowning.
Apart from some stringent Bowdlerisation, the most substantial cuts to the text came in the quarrel scenes between the lovers, where Benson's red pen played down the catastrophic nature of Puck's mistaking Lysander for Demetrius, removing most references to extremes of emotion--especially hatred--from Lysander's speeches in particular.
BLACK CAVIAR is back and trainer Peter Moody is reportedly as happy as a pig in mud, although it must be all Flinders Street to a pie floater that a degree of bowdlerisation has taken place here.