Slaughterhouse-Five: Jumbled, Jangled… and Burned.

Slaughterhouse-Five revolves around Billy Pilgrim, who like Vonnegut himself, was a POW in Dresden when it was firebombed during World War Two. Billy has “come unstuck in time.” And to complicate matters further, he is abducted by aliens, two-foot-tall creatures shaped like toilet plungers, from the planet Tralfamadore. It's been challenged at least eighteen times, primarily for “obscene language,” and “anti-American” sentiment. And yes, it was actually burned as a result of one of those challenges.

2022-06-12T12:20:46-05:00By |Banned Books|0 Comments

The Catcher in the Rye: A Twentieth-century Jeremiad

Salinger’s novel is said to have been “yanked out of American schools more than almost any other title.” There's a laundry list of reasons why, but essentially because its protagonist challenges the status quo. But Salinger’s book is about much more than the antics of a rebellious teenager. The Catcher in the Rye is a re-fashioned jeremiad.

2022-03-11T09:41:02-06:00By |Banned Books|0 Comments

The Catcher in the Rye: A Twentieth-century Jeremiad_endnotes

Salinger’s novel is said to have been “yanked out of American schools more than almost any other title.” There's a laundry list of reasons why, but essentially because its protagonist challenges the status quo. But Salinger’s book is about much more than the antics of a rebellious teenager. The Catcher in the Rye is a re-fashioned jeremiad.

2022-03-11T09:42:57-06:00By |Banned Books|0 Comments

The Lottery: Who’s the Lucky Scapegoat?

Who knows what was going through Shirley Jackson’s head as she walked home from the market, just before she put her daughter Joanne in the playpen, the frozen vegetables in the freezer, and The Lottery down on paper. But, the short story she wrote that afternoon ends with a famously shocking plot twist, one that has provoked controversy since the instant it appeared in The New Yorker.

2022-02-26T14:01:15-06:00By |Banned Books|0 Comments

Back to School in Plato’s Republic: Lesson Plan, or Censorship?

We live in a culture spellbound by censorship. In the past, it was far easier to weigh in on the topic of censorship. But now, the considerations have grown more complex. So, we might want to consider one of the first proposals to censor works of art, one suggested close to 2,500 years ago. This attempt occurs in Plato’s Republic.

Book Banning & Burning Throughout History

Book banning has been part of human history since ancient times. At different points in history, authors of banned books have been ostracized, jailed, exiled, or even threatened with death. During certain historical periods, possessing a banned book was regarded as a heretical act or considered treasonous, and therefore punishable. Here’s a brief timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship tactics.

2022-01-23T10:40:13-06:00By |On Censorship|1 Comment
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