Silencing the Writer: Book Banning, Censorship, and the Denial of Free Speech (Part II)


Course Description

This two-term course will focus on issues related to the banning and censorship of works of literature. The course will include readings (poetry, drama, short stories, and novels) from 1940 to the present that have been a source of controversy. Complementary selections from diverse sources arguing for, or against, public exposure to these works will also be included among the course readings.

Do certain books create problems in society or do they reflect problems that are already extant? Or can they do both? Is censorship effective? How does censorship affect book sales? How can one account for so many canonical works among those which have been censored or banned? How does one decide which books are not fit for public consumption? How have sensibilities and social norms changed over the years in the matter? Readings will be selected from Ginsberg’s Howl, Nabokov’s Lolita, Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Richardson and Parnell’s And Tango Makes Three.


**Parts 1 and 2 of this course may be taken separately.**


Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday, April  2nd 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Michael Tritt, Anne Fitzpatrick and Penny Soper

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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