Hello! My name is Kristin Jawahir, a literature fanatic, BASIS student for six years, and aspiring book author. Due to my passion for writing and politics, I decided to perform a study on Banned Books in the Cold War for my senior project.
The question my project aims to answer is as follows:
In what ways can literature be used as an outlet for potential criticism of modern society, and how did book censorship reflect the political and social tension during the Cold War in both the U.S. and Soviet Union?
To answer this question I will be performing analytical research of books on my seven-book-long book list at the Center for Fiction and discuss the topic of censorship with contemporary authors. This project will show the importance of literature in the period 1945-1991, the most politically tense era in both U.S. and European history, decode the reasons for government censorship and fear among the public, discuss the question of whether or not novel censorship violates freedom of speech, and when and if it is valid. My research will be given to the Center for Fiction to be utilized during Banned Books Month in September.
Feel free to click the link and check out my senior project proposal: Banned Books in the Cold War
Thank you for reading!