Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints

Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints

by Lee Burress, Nicholas J. Karolides, John M. Kean
     
 

New in Paperback! 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

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New in Paperback! 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. Paperback edition available May 2001.

Editorial Reviews

RQ
This is a rich, deep, multifaceted work of great value to librarians, educators, and the general public, who will gain much from its open, readable style. All public, school, and academic libraries need this work for edification, pure enjoyment of its contents, and as a practical tool ready for use when the worst case appears at their doorstep.
Journal Of Information and Library Research
...serves to remind one of the many insidious ways through which censorship operates and ultimately stifles creativity....a valuable book which avoids being alarmist or hysterical but urges vigilance, and awareness of the dangers of complacency.
AB Bookman's Weekly
Although this collection of essays is aimed at assisting the growing numbers of students, teachers, and librarians who may have to confront censorship, Censored Books will be of interest to anyone involved in the world of books.
Journal of Information and Library Research
...serves to remind one of the many insidious ways through which censorship operates and ultimately stifles creativity....a valuable book which avoids being alarmist or hysterical but urges vigilance, and awareness of the dangers of complacency.
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom
This collection of essays is an invaluable reference book for all libraries.
Ab Bookman's Weekly
Although this collection of essays is aimed at assisting the growing numbers of students, teachers, and librarians who may have to confront censorship, Censored Books will be of interest to anyone involved in the world of books.
Public Library Quarterly
...a fine review of censorship problems that have surfaced in this country over the past three decades....recommended for all professional collections.
Book Report
This is a book for educators struggling with the philosophical issues of selection and censorship....Highly recommended.
Booklist
Bound to be of assistance to teachers and librarians besieged by claims that removing vital works of literature will somehow protect the moral purity of children....communicates an optimistic belief that the joys of reading eventually triumph.
Library Association Record
This book is a critical testament, the most revealing evidence published for many years.
Rq
This is a rich, deep, multifaceted work of great value to librarians, educators, and the general public, who will gain much from its open, readable style. All public, school, and academic libraries need this work for edification, pure enjoyment of its contents, and as a practical tool ready for use when the worst case appears at their doorstep.
Newsletter On Intellectual Freedom
This collection of essays is an invaluable reference book for all libraries.
Australian Library Journal
Scarecrow Press consistently publishes quality work on important topics....
The Saint Louis Journalism Review
...offers excellent rationales...for reading the book—by Twain, Steinbeck, Angelou, and others—which have been censored.
Int. Journal Of Information and Library Research
...serves to remind one of the many insidious ways through which censorship operates and ultimately stifles creativity....a valuable book which avoids being alarmist or hysterical but urges vigilance, and awareness of the dangers of complacency.
L&C
...fill[s] a niche that few anthologies on censorship address.
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A collection of 63 essays contributed both by authors--of fiction, drama, and poetry for adults, children and adolescents--and by teachers of literature, writing about the books that are most frequently challenged in schools and libraries. Part I provides six author's perspectives on censorship by omission and by commission. Part II provides responses and defenses of individual books, arranged alphabetically by the title of the text (from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Where the Sidewalk Ends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810840386
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

John M. Kean, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has taught and published articles on children's and young adult literature, the teaching of writing, and censorship in the schools. He has been a member and chair of the NCTE Committee Against Censorship and a member of the CEE Commission on Intellectual Freedom and the IRA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom. The late Lee Burress, Professor Emeritus, English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught and published on American literature, folklore, composition, and literary censorship and was a member and chair of the NCTE Committee Against Censorship. He was author, co-author, or co-editor of Battle of the Books (Scarecrow, 1989); Celebrating Censored Books (with Nicholas Karolides); How Censorship Affects the School and Other Essays; and The Student's Right to Know (with Edward Jenkinson). Nicholas Karolides is Professor of English and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His recent books include Reader Response in the Classroom, Evoking and Interpreting Literature in the Classroom, Focus on Physical Impairments, and Focus on Fitness (with Melissa Karolides).

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