Friday, 4 September 2015

FREEDOM TO READ: Day 3


Wow, The Catcher in the Rye has really caught the ire of people!


The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
Since its publication, this title has been a favorite target of censors.
(From American Library Association Banned Books site)
  • In 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, OK was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh grade English class. The  teacher appealed and was reinstated by the school board, but the book was removed from use  in the school.
  • In 1963, a delegation of parents of high school students in Columbus, OH,  asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school  board refused the request.
  • Removed from the Selinsgrove, PA suggested reading list (1975).  Based on parents' objections to the language and content of the book, the school board  voted 5-4 to ban the book.  The book was later reinstated in the curriculum when the board  learned that the vote was illegal because they needed a two-thirds vote for removal of the text.
  • Challenged as an assignment in an American literature class in Pittsgrove, NJ  (1977).  After months of controversy, the board ruled that the novel could be read in the  Advanced Placement class, but they gave parents the right to decide whether or not their  children would read it.
  • Removed from the Issaquah, WA optional High School reading list  (1978).
  • Removed from the required reading list in Middleville, MI (1979).
  • Removed from the  Jackson Milton school libraries in North Jackson, OH (1980).
  • Removed from two Anniston, AL  High school libraries (1982), but later reinstated on a restrictive basis.
  • Removed from the  school libraries in Morris, Manitoba (1982) along with two other books because they violate  the committee's guidelines covering "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things  concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult."
  • Challenged at the Libby, MT High School (1983) due to the "book's contents."
  • Banned from  English classes at the Freeport High School in De Funiak Springs, FL (1985) because it is  "unacceptable" and "obscene."
  • Removed from the required reading list of a Medicine Bow, WY  Senior High School English class (1986) because of sexual references and profanity in the  book.
  • Banned from a required sophomore English reading list at the Napoleon, ND High School  (1987) after parents and the local Knights of Columbus chapter complained about its  profanity and sexual references.
  • Challenged at the Linton-Stockton, IN High School (1988)  because the book is "blasphemous and undermines morality."
  • Banned from the classrooms in  Boron, CA High School (1989) because the book contains profanity. Challenged at the  Grayslake, IL Community High School (1991).
  • Challenged at the Jamaica High School in  Sidell, IL (1992) because the book contains profanities and depicts premarital sex,  alcohol abuse, and prostitution.
  • Challenged in the Waterloo, IA schools (1992) and Duval  County, FL public school libraries (1992) because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled.
  • Challenged at the  Cumberland Valley High School in Carlisle, PA (1992) because of a parent's objections that  it contains profanity and is immoral.
  • Challenged, but retained, at the New Richmond, WI  High School (1994) for use in some English classes.
  • Challenged as required reading in the  Corona Norco, CA Unified School District (1993) because it is "centered around negative activity." The book was retained and teachers selected alternatives if students object to  Salinger's novel.
  • Challenged as mandatory reading in the Goffstown, NH schools (1994)  because of the vulgar words used and the sexual exploits experienced in the book.
  • Challenged at the St. Johns County Schools in St. Augustine, FL (1995).
  • Challenged at the  Oxford Hills High School in Paris, ME (1996). A parent objected to the use of the 'F' word.
  • Challenged, but retained, at the Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick, GA (1997). A student objected to the novel's profanity and sexual references.
  • Removed because of  profanity and sexual situations from the required reading curriculum of the Marysville, CA  Joint Unified School District (1997). The school superintendent removed it to get it "out  of the way so that we didn't have that polarization over a book."
  • Challenged, but retained  on the shelves of Limestone County, AL school district (2000) despite objections about the  book's foul language.
  • Banned, but later reinstated after community protests at the Windsor  Forest High School in Savannah, GA (2000). The controversy began in early 1999 when a  parent complained about sex, violence, and profanity in the book that was part of an  Advanced Placement English class.
  • Removed by a Dorchester District 2 school board member in  Summerville, SC (2001) because it "is a filthy, filthy book."
  • Challenged by a Glynn County,  GA (2001) school board member because of profanity. The novel was retained.
  • Challenged in  the Big Sky High School in Missoula, MT (2009).

I read The Catcher in the Rye when I was in University for my own amusement.  It was a novel I heard a lot about so I thought I would try the slim book.  It's about a young white male rebelling  in his teen.  We see life through his eyes and some love the novel and just as many would poke their eyes out than read it again.  I fall in the middle...closer to the liking part.  I think Gossip Girls (the book) have way more sex, drugs and profanity and it's geared to 15 year old girls.  I think if "a filthy filthy book" like that can be published The Catcher in the Rye should get a break!  I will also highlight that having read this novel did not increase my level of profanity.

k (My Novelesque Life)

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