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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Questions

From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 17:20:08 EST

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Hi, everyone,

I'm Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, an English Ed. professor at Colorado State
University and the Instructor Record for this course, and I've enjoyed these
beginning conversations.

Though some of you may already have heard of these resources, I wanted to
comment on censorship in re Harry Potter. First off, you've probably heard
about the challenging of the text in the Carolinas and elsewhere, but Judy
Blume also published an editorial in the NY Times on Oct. 22, 1999, entitled
"Is Harry Potter Evil?" It's available in its entirety at the website for
the National Coalition against Censorship
(http://www.ncac.org/harrypotter.html). I'm teaching a course this semester
here at CSU in Adolescent Literature to (mainly) teacher licensure
candidates, and censorship has been a big issue for us. One of my students
reported that parents at the school where her mother teaches in Colorado had
challenged the book.

If you'd like for me to recommend other websites that deal with challenged
and censored books, please let me know.


Julia Shugert wrote:

> Hi! I had a question regarding censorship. Have any parents complained
> about the Harry Potter series? If so, please let me know how you handled
> those.
> Thanks,
> Jody Shugert

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