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ERIC Number: EJ849363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"Not Censorship but Selection": Censorship and/as Prizing
Kidd, Kenneth
Children's Literature in Education, v40 n3 p197-216 Sep 2009
This essay calls for a fresh critical approach to the topic of censorship, suggesting that anticensorship efforts, while important and necessary, function much like literary prizing. The analysis draws especially on James English's recent study "The Economy of Prestige." There are two central arguments: first, that the librarian ethic of "selection"--introduced by Lester Asheim in 1953 as a counterpoint to censorship--has contributed to the unfortunate construction of the censor as a "moron"; and second, that anticensorship efforts more generally tend toward uncritical canon-making, attributing value to books simply because they've been censored or (more typically) challenged.
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Language: English
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