Posts Tagged ‘ fun home ’

College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of graphic literature in the classroom. Today entire courses built around…

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Alison Bechdel Named Vermont Cartoonist Laureate

March 30, 2017
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Alison Bechdel Named Vermont Cartoonist Laureate

Alison Bechdel, creator of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For, will be honored as Vermont’s new Cartoonist Laureate at a ceremony in the state house next month, followed by a presentation of laurels at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Bechdel is the third cartoonist to fill the role, succeeding…

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Banned & Challenged Diverse Comics

September 26, 2016
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Banned & Challenged Diverse Comics

Happy Banned Books Week! Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of their visual nature. Let’s take a look at just a few key cases involving diverse creators and content. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa Location of key challenge: Various Reason challenged: Nudity, sexual content, unsuited to age group Diversity content: female sexuality, Korean…

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Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

April 11, 2016
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Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

Every year, National Library Week starts off with a bang: the release of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books from the previous year. The list is compiled by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom from librarians’ confidential reports of requests to restrict or ban certain books in their collections. Two graphic…

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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015
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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our 15 most-read stories of the past year. In many cases we’ve also included links to follow-ups or other related stories. College Student Wants Graphic Novels Banned from Graphic Novel Course In June, CBLDF rose to the defense of comics at Crafton Hills…

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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

September 10, 2015
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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

Shortly after some Duke University freshmen made news by publicly opting out of reading Fun Home for an all-class summer reading program, another new student at the public university just down the road is also offering his thoughts on books he hasn’t read. In a piece for the student-run website The College Fix, University of…

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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

September 7, 2015
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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. Vacations are over and school has started once again, but CBLDF didn’t get to take a break this summer. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a new trend: Censors are as active — if not more so — during the summer months!…

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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

August 24, 2015
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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

As incoming freshmen at Duke University wrapped up orientation week on Friday, campus newspaper The Chronicle checked up on the reaction to the choice of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as an all-class summer reading book. Although some freshman have opted not to read the book because they believe it would conflict with their values, it’s…

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Bustle’s 11 Must Read Banned Books by Female Writers Includes Comics

August 18, 2015
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Whether it be for beach reading or a back to school escape, banned books make excellent additions to anyone’s public and personal libraries! Celebrating not only great literature, but also the women who create it, Bustle’s Blaire Perel pulled together a list of her favorite challenged reads highlighting eleven banned books and graphic novels written…

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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

July 7, 2015
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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

After CBLDF last week joined with the National Coalition Against Censorship in urging Crafton Hills College not to require a disclaimer about potentially offensive content on future syllabi for a graphic novel class, the San Bernardino Community College District has reversed course and will leave the decision up to individual instructors. The issue arose after…

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