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ERIC Number: ED020929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 66
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OBSCENITY, THE LAW AND THE ENGLISH TEACHER--TWO PAPERS.
FRANK, JOHN P.; HOGAN, ROBERT F.
IN "OBSCENITY--SOME PROBLEMS OF VALUES AND THE USE OF EXPERTS," JOHN P. FRAN, OUTLINES THE LEGAL BASIS FOR DETERMINING OBSCENITY AND ANALYZES THE FUNCTION OF EXPERTS IN SUCH A DETERMINATION. AN EXPERIMENT IS DESCRIBED IN WHICH FOUR PROFESSORS OF LITERATURE AND TWO PSYCHOLOGISTS WERE ASKED TO READ SELECTED WORKS AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OBSCENITY OF THE MATERIAL. THE CONCLUSION REACHED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR RESPONSES IS THAT, WHILE EXPERTS CAN DETERMINE THE LITERARY MERIT OF A WORK AND POSSIBLY THE INTENTION OF AN AUTHOR, THESE POINTS ARE OF LITTLE RELEVANCE IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A WORK IS STRICTLY PORNOGRAPHIC. FRANK CONCLUDES BY DISCUSSING AN AREA WHERE EXPERT OPINION CAN BE OF VALUE--THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY ON SOCIETY. ROBERT F. HOGAN, IN "OBSCENITY AND THE TEACHER--ANOTHER VIEW," TAKES UP THE UNIQUE PROBLEMS FACED BY TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND PRESENTS THE VIEW THAT, SINCE PRNOGRAPHY CAN NEVER BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED, ITS EFFECTS SHOULD BE MINIMIZED BY DEVELOPING MATURE RESPONSES IN PEOPLE THROUGH EDUCATION. (THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR $1.00, ORDER NO. 20104, FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, 508 SOUTH SIXTH ST., CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 61820.) (LH)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
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