Censorship in Ancient, Medieval Literature

censorship-medieval-banned-books“The tactic of banning books is, to quote Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time. Yet it is rarely an effective method for halting the spread of information. The word censura (“censorship”) comes from the Latin verb censeowhich means to assess. Although publication took a different form prior to the printing press’s introduction to the West in 1450, there was still a great deal of textual censorship and numerous instances of book burning in the premodern Mediterranean.”

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read any book that we want, despite the fact that written works continue to be censored and removed from libraries even today.The American Library Association (ALA), reported 311 books in 2014, and keeps a running top 10 list of books banned yearly; however, many censored books — as many as 80% — are never even reported to the ALA.

 

Source: Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Censored Books To Read During Banned Book Week

Banned Books Week and Censorship (unfinished)

Welcome to Banned Books Week September 25 – October 1 2016. I’d explain the purpose of Banned Books Week, myself, but I don’t think I could do a better job than the American Library Association’s Office:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week 2016: the 10 most challenged titles in Pictures– The Guardian

The US views standing against censorship as a good thing right? (Check out this extremely cool Interactive Constitution  from the National Constitution Center to review The First Amendment to the United States Constitution.)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

 

 

I promise I will get back to this article – I just wanted to get some of this info out!

Only the suppressed word is dangerous. - Ludwig Borne

On Censorship