HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

Change in readings for this week and next

Class —

I’ve decided it will be more productive to organize the rest of our course around case studies of particular controversies. In the last two weeks, of course, we’ll be discussing the controversy over Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, and Daniel Pipes does a good job of covering that controversy, so there will be no change in the reading for the last two weeks.

For this week, though, please read only Chapter Three of Coetzee’s Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship. My apologies if you’ve already read the rest! Please also read this general overview of the censorship of Lady Chatterley’s Lover: Censoring: A Case Study and Bibliographic Guide — Lady Chatterley’s Lover

For next week, I’d like to concentrate on the case of Osip Mandelstam. For next Tuesday, read pp. 38-40 and Chapter Six from Coetzee’s Giving Offense, read background on Joseph Stalin from the Encyclopedis Britannica, and read the article “Into the Heart of Darkness: Mandelstam’s Ode to Stalin .

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