To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature
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 an 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.