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ERIC Number: ED064261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 211
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Controversial Novels and Censorship in the Schools.
Katz, John Stuart
The legal history of censorship in general in the United States as well as the legal context in particular of the censorship of novels from schools is discussed. This thesis deals with four novels which have aroused substantial controversy when taught in the schools. The novels are: "The Catcher in the Rye," by J. D. Salinger, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain, "The Grapes of Wrath," by John Steinbeck, and "1984" by George Orwell. These novels meet two criteria. First, they have frequently been attacked by censors and banned from the schools. Secondly, they are novels which teachers have attempted to defend and which literary critics have often praised. The thesis examines differing viewpoints of these four novels, showing how censors react to certain aspects of the books, how these reactions are alike and different from the reactions of professional literary critics, and what censors and critics both imply about the function of literature in the schools. This thesis, in conclusion, summarizes and examines more closely certain intellectual positions concerning the function of literature in the schools. It considers the novel's role as a means of entertainment and edification. Finally, it is pointed out that teachers must learn to defend their choice of literature as censorship is unlikely to cease. (Author/CK)
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Note: Unpublished Ed.D. Dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education