Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America

Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America

by Zeke Jarvis


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Censorship has been an ongoing phenomenon even in "the land of the free." This examination of banned books across U.S. history examines the motivations and effects of censorship, shows us how our view of right and wrong has evolved over the years, and helps readers to understand the tremendous importance of books and films in our society.

• Provides readers with a broad understanding of the different levels of censorship

• Puts challenges to books into historical context of societal standards and current events

• Takes both historical and literary perspectives, recognizing the lasting cultural influences of texts and their literary significance

• Presents biographical background of major authors who have been challenged

• Identifies the source and explains the result of challenges to the most important or influential banned books

• Compares challenges to controversial books against similar challenges to controversial films, television shows, and video games

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440843945
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/31/2017
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Zeke Jarvis is associate professor of English at Eureka College in Eureka, IL.

Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Titles vii

Alphabetical List of Authors xi

Topical Guide to Titles xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction xix

1 Race and Censorship in America 1

2 Religion and Censorship in America 41

3 Sex and Censorship in America 97

4 Sexual Orientation and Censorship in America 165

5 Drugs and Alcohol and Censorship in America 201

6 Bad Behavior and Censorship in America 217

7 Graphic Novels and Censorship in America 251

Bibliography 277

Index 281

About the Author 291

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