In January 2022, the McMinn County School Board of Tennessee voted for removal a graphic novel “The Mouse” from his eighth grade program. Everyday writers Emma Dutling and Hannah Carapelloti took two different approaches in their responses to this news: one shed light on how banning a book arouses more interest in the title, and the other discussed the importance of why banned literature can teach us despite Then controversial labels.

The recent ban on a book in Tennessee has again aroused interest in “Mouse”

On Sunday, the Super Cup, as we waited for a completely empty restaurant to close, the conversation between my colleague and me turned to banned books – yes, that’s what we’re talking about at work. I recently read in the news that Mouse, an art novel by Art Spiegelman, has been removed from the eighth grade program in McMinn County in eastern Tennessee. Maus, a novel usually taught in middle and high school, tells the story of Holocaust survivors (based on the experience of Spiegelman’s father), portraying Germans as executioners and Jews as mice. The ban on McMinn County came after a unanimous vote by the school board, which cited eight curses, a picture of a naked woman-mouse and images of suicide as reasons for the ban.

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