April 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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"Beloved" by Toni Morrison was recently challenged here in Fairfax County (check out our discussion board to find the article detailing the recent challenge). Given how recent this challenge is and also that it was right here in our area I'm scheduling it as a bonus book discussion.
Toni Morrison is considered one of America's finest novelist and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for "Beloved". She also won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. Some of her other notable works are "The Bluest Eye" & "Song of Solomon". Please join us for a discussion of this complex and provocative novel!
According to the ALA: Morrison's novel was "pulled from the senior Advanced Placement (AP) English class at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY (2007) because two parents complained that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antebellum slavery depicted the inappropriate topics of bestiality, racism, and sex. The principal ordered teachers to start over with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in preparation for upcoming AP exams."
According to Marshall University: This novel was "challenged but retained as a text in Salem (MI) High School Advanced Placement English courses. The complainants cited the allegedly obscene nature of some passages in the book and asked that it be removed from the curriculum. District officials determined the novel was appropriate for the age and maturity level of Advanced Placement students. In reviewing the novel, the committee also considered the accuracy of the material, the objectivity of the material and the necessity of using the material in light of the curriculum."