LINDA K. HUGHES / 439 First Amendment in Virginia” (Academe 88 : 28-32). Virginia in 1996 passed a law forbidding state employees to access sexually explicit material on state-owned computers without written permission from the appropriate representative of the state. Because Meyers works at the Col- lege of William and Mary, on a state-leased computer, the law can be seen to apply to him, and he has made an effort to challenge the law—as well as even more heroic and improbable efforts to conform with it—which are wittily chronicled in this article. Meyers is, of course, a leading Swinburnean scholar, and as he demonstrates how the law can affect a university professor’s attempts to read Swinburne online, to quote his poetry, to sub- mit an article quoting his poetry, even to look at images of certain Swinburneiana on eBay, one is forced to realize that Mrs. Grundy is far from dead . . . at least in Virginia. While Meyers has not in fact been prevented from performing his scholarly work, in order to perform it in conformity with the law he has had to ask for permission twelve times; one has to wonder what kind of a climate
Victorian Poetry – West Virginia University Press
Published: Dec 16, 2003
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