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Title: We don't need no education : belief, and the expurgation of US public school literature texts in response to activist beliefs
Author: Taylor, Sara
ISNI:       0000 0004 6351 4447
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2017
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The critical component of this thesis examines the expurgation of literature textbooks produced for use in government-funded American schools in the 1970s and 80s with regards to the manner in which this affected the texts’ complexity and potential as both works of fiction and educational materials, and the present-day implications of this expurgation. It also addresses the differences and similarities in the goals and methods of the two major advocacy groups who called for the books to be altered and the manner in which methods changed as the political and cultural climate of the United States became more conservative, and challenges the arguments of earlier writers on the subject in light of new research. The creative component of the thesis is the first third of a completed novel titled Belief, which follows an American nuclear family over forty years, from when the parents come of age during the Women’s Movement to when their nearly-adult children attempt to come to terms with their restrictive religious upbringing at the turn of the century. The novel focuses on the parents’ turn to Evangelical Christianity as a way of surviving personal tragedy; their decision to educate their three children at home in reaction to the Satanic Panic and public school textbook lawsuits of the 1980s; and the ways that their children’s experiences of faith, their repressive environment, and the dissonance between their parents’ and church’s expectations and who they naturally are causes conflict both within their family and in their wider community.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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