BLS 320: Banned Books

Obscene. Heretical. Defiant. Dangerous. Enlightening. These are the qualities that provoke legal action against books, and often the selfsame qualities that make them worthy of our attention. In this course we will examine books that have been banned in the US, the social and legal forces that censored them, and the contributions that those books (well, most of them) have made to our society.



  • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow, 2010.
  • Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969.
  • Blume, Judy. Forever, 1975.
  • L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time, 1962.
  • Harrie, Robie. It’s Perfectly Normal, 1994.
  • Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia, 1977.
  • Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis (vol 1), 2003.
  • Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species, 1859.
  • Jackson, George. Soledad Brother, 1970.
  • Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928.
  • Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer, 1934.
Any edition is acceptable.