Burning Books

McFarland, 2006 - 233 páginas
For over 2000 years, book burners have laid their torches to millions of books condemned as heretical, blasphemous, immoral, obscene, subversive or seditious. Books have been reduced to ashes in church yards, college yards, school furnaces, public squares and city streets. The goals of the book burners have been to extirpate history, to intimidate and stamp out opposition, to create solidarity, and to cleanse society of controversial ideas. Too often, book burning foreshadows violence against those who originated or shared the ideas. This work provides a detailed account of book burning worldwide over the past 2000 years. (Book burning is meant literally, not as a figurative reference to book banning.) The book burners are identified, along with the works they deliberately set aflame. An important aspect of this study is its examination of the metaphoric language that "justified" the destruction; books being burned were “tares,” “pestilence,” “plagues,” “cancers,” and “poison.” Such language is a central part to the control the burners hope to exercise over those who might otherwise read the books and become part of the exchange of ideas. Also considered is the primeval pull of the book burning ritual, which in its simplicity leads to the destruction of ideas and the uniformity of thought most often associated with totalitarian regimes.

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Bosmajian (communications, emeritus, Univ. of Washington;The Freedom Not To Speak) is a prolific historian-and Cassandra-like presence-on matters of censorship and the political and social dimensions ... Leer comentario completo


The Magic of Books and Fire
Burning BlasphemousHeretical Books
The Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesA Significant Increase in Book Burnings
The Eighteenth Through Twentieth CenturiesBurning Fewer Heretical Works
Burning SeditiousSubversive Books
The Nineteenth Through Twentyfirst CenturiesBurning More SeditiousSubversive Books
Burning ObsceneImmoral Books
The Eighteenth Through Twentieth CenturiesBurning More Classic Obscene Books
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Página 3 - I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth ; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. " And yet on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. "Who kills a man, kills a reasonable creature, God's image ; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself; kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.
Página 7 - We should be wary, therefore, what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men . how we spill that seasoned life of man, preserved and stored up in books: since we see a kind of homicide may be thus committed, sometimes a martyrdom...

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Award winner Haig Bosmajian is professor emeritus in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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