Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023): The QUEST: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

Censorship and Expurgation of the Selected Children's Literature

Roberto Salvador
Faculty, Institute of Linguistics and Literature, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Published 06/13/2023


  • Censorship,
  • Expurgation,
  • Literary Approaches and Criticisms,
  • Forms,
  • Meaning and Universality

How to Cite

Salvador, R. (2023). Censorship and Expurgation of the Selected Children’s Literature. The QUEST: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.60008/thequest.v2i1.57


Abstract. Criticisms and reviews challenge literature to its stand accordingly to what it desires to project. People thought that all literary works is a fine expression of values, innocence and a mirror on how the society formed; literary development carries an expression easing a picture to stand out and unconsciously builds exaggeration and lack of consideration. Children, as commonly the basic target audiences of every child literature are a body that need to be considered upon publishing a certain literary piece because of stages and the type of interpretation they may develop and embrace upon reading a certain issue on the extent of literary genres who happened to unconsciously published an issue of obscenity, violence, offenses in language, and profanity in the selected children’s literature. The hard core of this study is to project critical theories of today to assess and provide solutions for literary troubles. However, to further understand the concept of censorship and expurgation, the study will be using the formalistic approach, stylistic approach, sociological approach which drives by Social Interactionist Theory which accounts to examine the fundamental role of social interaction in the development of cognition as he believed that community plays a central role in the process of making meaning. Psychoanalytic criticism as used pertains on how the language in literary pieces influenced the language development of young readers as perceived in the contact between young readers and the books as studied in the Theory of Imitation. The Speech Act Theory is an attempt of the study that examines the subfield of pragmatics concerned with the ways in which wordscan be used not only to present information but also to carry out actions and this could be assessed by the levels of action at which utterances are said to perform. The significance of this study will be based on the issues of censorship and expurgation in the works of James Barrie, Brothers Grimm, and Ruyard Kipling.

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