Teaching Controversial Lit without Flack
Here's a piece from the Orlando Sentinel about
the problem children of the classical canon. Beloved in their day, revered by critics, these troubled classics today face both genuine skepticism about their intent and the harsh light of scrutiny in an age of political correctness.
Nancy Rawles, who wrote a companion to Huck Finn, called "My Jim," says that
The Twain novel has remained a political football because "the deeper argument is alive in the school and in the society, and the book becomes symbolic for that argument -- race -- which is one of the most emotional in American life," Rawles says.