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Updated Up To 26/06/2018
Volume 11, Issue 2 (June 2013) : 279-291
“Lectura para Personas de Amplio Criterio”
Censorship in the Translations of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and The Professor of Desire
Gustavo Sánchez Canales
Rubric A: Translation
Rubric B: Twentieth-Century Novel



This article focuses on the effects of censorship on the translations of two of Roth’s novels into Spanish: Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) and The Professor of Desire (1977). These two novels, published in Spanish for the first time in 1977 and 1978 respectively — a period when Spain had barely left behind General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship (1939–1975) — suffered various forms of censorship. The article shows how the four criteria (Abellán 1980) used by the censors of the period — sexual morality, linguistic decorum, politics and respect for religion as an institution — were applied in the case of these two Roth novels.

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