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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 9: Censorship, Age-Appropriateness + Scaffolding


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 9: Censorship, Age-Appropriateness + Scaffolding

Cathy G. Johnson

Artwork by e jackson.

Artwork by e jackson.

Drawing a Dialogue is a podcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts by Cathy G. Johnson + e remus jackson.

Episode 9: Cathy + e take a look at censorship, banned books, and why some things are deemed appropriate for kids and some things aren’t. e looks at the history of obscenity and how societal censorship suppresses marginalized voices. Cathy examines children’s learning development in reading and art, how graphic novels get categorized, and why. 

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Episode Citation (chronologically as mentioned in podcast):

  • Robert Cormier, 'A Book is not a House: The Human Side of Censorship', in Donald R. Gallo (ed.), Authors' Insights: Turning Teenagers into Readers and Writers (Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 1992): 65-74.

  • The Chocolate War summary - Wikipedia

  • Foucault, Michel. "Discipline and Punish, Panopticism." In Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, edited by Alan Sheridan, 195-228. New York: Vintage Books, 1977. Original Publication: Surveiller et Punir, 1975 - Link

  • Foucault, Michel, "The History of Sexuality" - PDF

  • Helen Freshwater, “Toward a Redefinition of Censorship” in Censorship & Cultural Regulation in the Modern Age - Brill

  • Kuhn, Cinema, Censorship and Sexuality. 1988 (as cited by Freshwater)

  • Jansen, Censorship: The Knot That Binds. 1991 (as cited by Freshwater)

  • Holquist, "Corrupt Originals", 1994. (as cited by Freshwater)

  • Bourdieu, Language and Symbolic Power (first published in French in 1982) (as cited by Freshwater)

  • Info on the Comstock Act & the Miller test: Olivia B. Waxman - TIME

  • Interview with David Johnson - Vox

  • Info about ONE Magazine vs the Supreme Court: “ONE Inc. and Reed Erickson”, Aaron H. Devor and Nicholas Matte. In The Transgender Studies Reader. Routledge.

  • "Birth control pills approved by FDA in 1957" - Wikipedia

  • Comstock Act - Encyclopedia Britannica

  • Info on the NEA, the controversy w Robert Mapplethorpe and the NEA Four: Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art by Richard Meyer. Beacon Press. 2002.

  • "20th anniversary of the NEA Four" - NCAC

  • Correction: Comic book burnings took place in 1948 in Spencer, West Virgina, and Birmingham, New York, not in Detroit in the 30s - CBLDF, Beaty

  • Gee, J. P. (2012). Social Linguistics and Literacies Ideology in Discourses (Fourth ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

  • McKenna, M. C., & Stahl, S. A. (2015). Assessment for Reading Instruction, 3rd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Lowenfeld, V., & Brittain, W. L. (n.d.). Creative and Mental Growth (8th ed.).

  • Marjanovic-Umek, L., Kranjc, S., & Fekonja, U. (2002). Developmental Levels of the Child's Storytelling.

  • James Baldwin, "A Talk to Teachers," 1963

  • Clint Smith - The New Yorker, WBUR

  • Gina Gagliano - First Second 1, 2

  • Cory Silverberg + Fiona Smyth, What Makes a Baby - Seven Stories Press

  • Cory Silverberg + Fiona Smyth, Sex Is A Funny Word - Seven Stories Press

What are we reading?

  • Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi

  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx

  • Poetry by Rita Joe

  • Short stories by Sherman Alexie