Censored Books Critical Viewpoints

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-23
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press

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This collection of sixty-three essays provides assistance to the growing number of students, teachers, librarians, and parents who find themselves confronting a censorship situation. The contributors are both authors--of fiction, drama, and poetry for adults, children, and adolescents--and teachers of literature, writing about the books that are most frequently challenged in schools and libraries. Part I provides six authors' perspectives on censorship by omission and commission. Part II provides responses and defenses of individual books. Arranged alphabetically by the title of the text, and others to teaching concerns. The array is enlightening.

Table of Contents

Prologue: How to Be Obscene
Perspectives: Censorship by Omission and Commissionp. 1
On Censorshipp. 3
Blackballingp. 11
Not Laughable, But Lethalp. 19
Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetryp. 25
White-outs and Black-outs on the Book Shelvesp. 32
"Shut Not Your Doors": An Author Looks at Censorshipp. 41
Challenging Booksp. 49
A Rationale for Teaching Huckleberry Finnp. 51
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Review of Historical Challengesp. 61
Annie Frank: The Diary of a Young Girlp. 72
Anne on My Mind by Nancy Gardenp. 80
In Defense of: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Deenie, and Blubber - Three Novels by Judy Blumep. 87
The Bible: Source of Great Literature and Controversyp. 98
The Bible and the Constitutionp. 103
Black Boy (American Hunger): Freedom to Rememberp. 109
Black Like Me: In Defense of a Racial Realityp. 117
Bless the Beasts and Children by Clendon Swarthoutp. 125
The Relevance of Brave New Worldp. 130
Huxley's Brave New World as Social Irritant: Ban It or Buy It?p. 136
"Alas, alas, That ever love was sin!" Marriages Moral and Immoral in Chaucerp. 144
If You Want to Know the Truth...:The Catcher in the Ryep. 159
Fighting Words in and over Catch-22p. 167
"They tell you to do your own thing, but they don't mean it.": Censorship and The Chocolate Warp. 179
Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orangep. 185
She's Just Too Womanish for Them: Alice Walker and The Color Purplep. 191
Fueling the Fire of Hell: A Reply to Censors of The Cruciblep. 201
Death of a Salesman: An American Classicp. 209
The Debate in Literary Consciousness: Dickey's Deliverancep. 220
"Messing up the minds of the citizenry en route": Essential Questions of Value in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Testp. 226
A Farewell to Armsp. 237
A Defense of A Farewell to Armsp. 243
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyesp. 249
"If we cannot trust..." The Pertinence of Judy Blume's Foreverp. 256
"Whatsoever things are pure..." A Case for Go Ask Alicep. 261
An Apologia for Pearl Buck's The Good Earthp. 268
The Grapes of Wrath: Preserving Its Place in the Curriculump. 278
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich: A Rationale for Classroom Usep. 288
If Beale Street Could Talk: A Rationale for Classroom Usep. 294
Maya Angelou Is Three Writers: I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsp. 299
Learning to Live: When the Bird Breaks from the Cagep. 306
The Stop of Truth: In the Night Kitchenp. 317
It's OK If You Don't Love Me: Evaluating Anticipated Experiences of Readersp. 322
Johnny Got His Gun: A Depression Era Classicp. 331
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead Georgep. 338
Gordon Parks' The Learning Tree: Autobiography and Educationp. 343
Teaching Rationale for William Golding's Lord of the Fliesp. 351
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"p. 358
Manchild in a World Where You Just Might Make It: Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Landp. 363
Reflections on "The Shylock Problem"p. 370
Supporting Traditional Values: My Darling, My Hamburgerp. 379
Why Nineteen Eighty-Four Should Be Read and Taughtp. 382
A Teachable Good Book: Of Mice and Menp. 388
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsynp. 395
Moby Dick vs. Big Nurse: A Feminist Defense of a Misogynist Text: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nestp. 398
Threshold Literature: A Discussion of Ordinary Peoplep. 414
In Defense of Our Bodies, Ourselvesp. 424
A Look Inside a Landmark: The Outsidersp. 431
Is Run, Shelley, Run Worth Fighting For?p. 442
Penance and Repentance in The Scarlet Letterp. 449
A Rationale for Reading John Knowles' A Separate Peacep. 456
Authenticity and Relevance: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Fivep. 464
Censoring Judy Blume and Then Again, Maybe I Won'tp. 471
In Defense of To Kill a Mockingbirdp. 476
Finding Humor and Value in Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Atticp. 485
About the Contributorsp. 490
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