About the Exhibition
Biblioclasm presents items from the USC Libraries special collections that survived hysteria and outrage incited by the ideas they contain. Book burnings in ancient China, Medieval Europe, and Nazi Germany—and acts of censorship in American public schools—are a spectacular reminder of the persistent suppression of ideas. The exhibition sets the library’s mission to support the discovery and preservation of knowledge against this ageless urge to censor.
Further Reading about Censorship
Margaret Bald, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
Haig Bosmajian, Burning Books. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2006.
Herbert N. Foerstel, Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Chandler B. Grannis and Anne L. Haight, Banned Books, 387 B. C. to 1978 A. D. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1978.
Nicholas J. Karolides, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova, 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. New York: Checkmark Books, 2005.
Rebecca Knuth, Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006.
Rebecca Knuth, Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.
Lucien X. Polastron, Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2007.
Jonathan Rose, The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation. Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2001
Dawn B. Sova, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
Dawn B. Sova, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds. New York: Facts on File, 2006.