Abstract

Institutional censorship was present in the Polish People’s Republic in the years 1944–1990 and encompassed all possible systems of writing control. The censorship institution created several types of classified texts, among these also the reviews of all to-be-published texts—the so-called censorship reviews. None of the dictionary or encyclopedic publications currently on the market contain a definition of the censorship review as a separate lexical entity. This article introduces the notion of a “limited distribution text” and “cryptotext” (a covert, non-public text with deliberately limited circulation) and presents a short original definition of the censorship review which is understood as an important subtype of cryptotexts: empowered by the state, reviewing and evaluating culture-based texts, created by the employees of the Main Office of Control of Press, Publications and Public Performances usually created by filling a specific form.

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