Racism in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Christine Sanderson
Each volume in this series comprises a collection of essays that explore an acclaimed literary work through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it. Racism is the focus of two volumes, including Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Additional volumes include an examination of gender roles in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, women's issues in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, and industrialism in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Each book contains three chapters: the background of the author, the work and the issue reflected in it, and contemporary perspectives on that issue. Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird looks at all sides of the topic, acknowledging that some applaud the novel's stand against racism while others take issue with its portrayal of African Americans as the helpless mockingbird. Contemporary perspectives include articles discussing the ongoing problems faced by minorities in American society. In Class Conflict in The Great Gatsby, essays include an examination of class snobbery in the author's life and the role of social class in the portrayal of the novel's female characters. Contemporary perspectives feature essays comparing modern society to that of the 1920s including Twenty-First-Century Flappers and The Criminal Class. Each volume contains discussion questions suitable for classroom use. This series would be an outstanding addition to high school libraries. Reviewer: Christine Sanderson
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up- These titles explore the theme of racism in two modern classics that are required reading in many English classes. In each book, a succinct introduction and time line of the author's life set the context for the work under discussion. These are followed by brief essays on racism from a variety of viewpoints related to the author and the characters and situations in the book (including a section of "Modern Perspectives," in which essays discuss, for example, how Barack Obama's experiences compare to Maya Angelou's). Biographical and critical information about the authors, further readings, detailed indexes, and well-chosen black-and-white illustrations enhance the texts. Most of the essays were written by academics. Students may find some of the language inaccessible or at least unfamiliar as when, for example, Maya Angelou is described in "Jungian archetypal terms" as "the anima" and her brother Bailey as "the animus." Although the essays are not long enough to serve as in-depth secondary sources for students with writing assignments on either book, their varied perspectives offer a wealth of ideas for papers and warrant purchase where demand dictates.-Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737739046
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 209
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)