In Samuel Roth: Infamous Modernist, (University Press of Florida, 2013) Professor Jay A. Gertzman presents the fascinating biography of Samuel Roth, the pariah publisher notorious for circulating banned and “obscene” works of fiction, many of which (including most famously Joyce’s Ulysses and Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover) have since become classics of modern literature.
The removal of books from high school libraries and classrooms is a chief problem today. Last year, the Chicago Board of bannedPersepolis: due to students’ “lack of intellectual skills for taking full advantage of the marketplace of ideas . . .” Set during the Iraq-Iran war, the graphic novel tells of the suffering of an Iranian family experiencing bombing, government-employed mercenaries, prejudice against Arabs, and the resultant breakup of the family unit– events students might compare to what has happened in Gaza now, and in the Middle East since our own decade-old “war of choice” there. This censorship teaches students that teachers and parents, uncomfortable with hard truth, can act in bad faith.Yhry blame their fears on the students’ lack of ability. That is the essence of censorship.
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