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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:32 AM


To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00pm
Tualatin Public Library

Recent efforts to remove the “n” word in literature—from the new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave” to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of what some considered offensive language—raise questions about censorship.

Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view?

Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as how language is used in Twain’s and Wilson’s texts.

This program is presented in celebration of Banned Books Week, September 30−October 6, 2012 and is part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project.

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