They Banned That Book?

Posted on October 1, 2012. Filed under: Information, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , |

Banned Books Week
Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012

Banned Books Week is observed every year to both celebrate our freedom to read and to highlight censorship that still happens in the United States despite the fact that the First Amendment to the Constitution forbids it. Have you ever looked at a list of books that have been banned and/or challenged and wondered “why would they ban that?” Oakton Community College Library carries many books that both list the books that have been banned and/or challenged and go through the reasons given for such a ban. We also have books that discuss the pro and con views of book banning and the reasons behind each view. I hope you check out one of these books or one of the banned and/or challenged books on display at either campus to celebrate Banned Book Week.

book cover for Book BanningBook Banning
by Ronnie D. Lankford, book editor

The At Issues series of books provides a diversity of opinions on a controversial topics. This At Issues book discusses the issue of banning books from both sides of the topic. It discusses why some people feel banning is necessary and acceptable while others find it unlawful and damaging to society and culture. It covers people’s feelings both for and against the celebration of Banned Books Week. It also covers people’s views on if books should be banned from use by children and whether banning certain books promotes racial tolerance.

book cover for Literature Suppressed on Political GroundsBanned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds
by Nicholas J. Karolides

“Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, church institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books that challenged their assumptions or questioned their activities. Political suppression also occurs in the name of security and the safeguarding of official secrets and is often used as a weapon in larger cultural or political battles. Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds, Third Edition illustrates the extent and frequency of such censorship in nearly every form of writing” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

cover for Literature Suppressed on Religious GroundsBanned Books: Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds
by Margaret Bald

“Censorship of religious and philosophical speculation is as old as history and as current as today’s headlines. Many of the world’s major religious texts, including the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and others, have been suppressed, condemned, or proscribed at some time. Works of secular literature touching upon religious belief or reflecting dissenting views have also been suppressed. Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds profiles the censorship of many such essential works of civilization” (Barnes and Noble).

book cover for Literature Suppressed on Sexual GroundsBanned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds
by Dawn B. Sova

“When Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata was banned from distribution through the mail (except for first class) in 1890, New York street vendors began selling it from pushcarts carrying large signs reading “Suppressed!” In 1961, the United States Supreme Court pondered whether D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover was lewd or literary. By 1969, the novel was required reading in many college literature courses. Changing sexual mores have moved many formerly forbidden books out of locked cabinets and into libraries and classrooms” (Barnes and Noble).

Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds
by Dawn B. Sova

Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds discusses writings that have been banned over the centuries because they offended or merely ignored official truths; challenged widely held assumptions; or contained ideas or language unacceptable to a state, religious institution, or private moral watchdog” (Barnes and Noble).

book cover for 120 Banned Books120 Banned Books: Censorship History of World Literature
by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova

“From the Bible to Fahrenheit 451—a completely updated look at the history of censorship in world literature. Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these novels has been proven time and time again, censorship efforts are still in place today to suppress some of these great works.

From Animal Farm to The Grapes of Wrath, The Koran to The Talmud, Ulysses to Lolita, The Canterbury Tales to The Bell Jar, this book examines the struggle 120 of these books faced to be read. Tracing the censorship histories of 120 works from across the world, 120 Banned Books provides a summary of each work, its censorship history, and lists suggestions for further reading” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

What Schools Ban and Whybook cover for What Schools Ban and Why
R. Murray Thomas

“This book seeks to describe the various things banned in schools, the reasons behind attempts to ban such things, the types of people who approve of censoring those things and the types who do not, the outcome of representative cases of censorship, and suggestions for school personnel about how to cope with bans. Each chapter addresses the same sequence of topics: a particular type of ban’s domain and historical background; representative cases of the ban’s application; ban supporters and their methods; ban critics and their methods; and ways of resolving conflicts over the ban” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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