There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches: Censoring Books with Queer characters under Trump’s Administration

Romarís Cercós, Jose Manuel. (2021). There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches: Censoring Books with Queer characters under Trump’s Administration Master Thesis, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (España). Facultad de Filología

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Título There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches: Censoring Books with Queer characters under Trump’s Administration
Autor(es) Romarís Cercós, Jose Manuel
Abstract Since 1990 the American Library Association (ALA) has been publishing a list of ‘challenged or censored’ books in libraries and schools in the US. In the last years, the topic that has increased the most as the main reason to censor a book has been that the books contain Queer characters and plots, reason that has risen to disturbing levels until being the main one in eight of the ten books of the ALA’s list in 2019. This research analyses the most representative books of that list to find out the possible reasons these books are being censored; along with who is behind this censorship, if the censorship of Queer materials extends to other fields, the social and psychological consequences caused by it, and some possible ways out of that situation. The research suggests that the fact that they contain Queer characters and plots is the only reason those books are being challenged, although they do not even defy the binary system of the Heterosexual Matrix. This censorship seems to have been promoted by conservatives, especially under Trump’s Administration and their ideological and socio-cultural milieu in the last years. It is socially disruptive, psychologically problematic for young people, and encourages bullying in schools. It also seems at least partly responsible for the increase in suicides among the Queer young population. The data also suggest that censorship of Queer material extends to other fields, such as education (especially in History), legislation (especially in education issues), animated films, and the Internet.
Notas adicionales Trabajo de Fin de Máster. Máster Universitario en Estudios Literarios y Culturales Ingleses y su Proyección Social. UNED
Materia(s) Filología
Palabra clave Censorship
Queer Theory
LGBTQ
ALA
Donald Trump
Editor(es) Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (España). Facultad de Filología
Director/Tutor Zamorano Rueda, Ana Isabel
Fecha 2021-10-21
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Identificador bibliuned:master-Filologia-ELyCIyPS-Jmromaris
http://e-spacio.uned.es/fez/view/bibliuned:master-Filologia-ELyCIyPS-Jmromaris
Idioma eng
Versión de la publicación acceptedVersion
Nivel de acceso y licencia http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Tipo de recurso master Thesis
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