To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries

To Kill a Mockingbird Threatening Boundaries Tom Robinson Mayella Ewell Atticus and Scout Finch these are the unforgettable characters that populate To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee s haunting account of a mysterious recluse a black ma

  • Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries
  • Author: Claudia Durst Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780805781137
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, Atticus and Scout Finch these are the unforgettable characters that populate To Kill a Mockingbird 1960 , Harper Lee s haunting account of a mysterious recluse, a black man accused of raping a white woman, the courageous attorney who defends him, the attorney s son who is traumatized by the trial, and his six year old daughter, who narratesTom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, Atticus and Scout Finch these are the unforgettable characters that populate To Kill a Mockingbird 1960 , Harper Lee s haunting account of a mysterious recluse, a black man accused of raping a white woman, the courageous attorney who defends him, the attorney s son who is traumatized by the trial, and his six year old daughter, who narrates the story An extraordinary indictment of racism in the American South during the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold some 15 million copies, been translated into 10 languages, won a Pulitzer Prize in literature along with dozens of other honors, and been adapted into an Oscar winning film and a timelessly popular stage play And yet, for all the novel s distinctions and, important, relevance for contemporary readers until now no book length critical study has been devoted to it Enter Claudia Durst Johnson s To Kill a Mockingbird Threatening Boundaries, offering not only a corrective but a winningly lucid and enlightening analysis of this great American classic Drawing on extensive research, Johnson furnishes readers with key insights into the novel s historical and biographical contexts, its place in American literature, and its critical reception She then presents a five part reading of Mockingbird, underscoring the novel s form and elucidating its pertinence for American society today Special attention is paid to linking the novel s 1930s setting with the concomitant Scottsboro incident and connecting Mockingbird s writing in the 1950s with the concurrent events of the civil rights movement An in depth examination that pays tribute as it informs, To Kill a Mockingbird Threatening Boundaries holdsstrong appeal for students, scholars, and general readers Included in the volume are a Chronology, Notes, Selected Bibliography, and Index.

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  • 228 Comments

  • This book opened my eyes up to a lot and made me appreciate TKAM even more, if that were possible!!!! :)


  • I thought I'd read this one before and would just quickly rereadbut I learned so much. I really wish I'd've read it when I was still teaching this book to 10th graders.Johnson begins by showing the parallels between Tom Robinson's case in TKAM, and the real-life case of the Scotsboro Boys. I had a group assignment for my students on the similarities, but Johnson points out SOO many more, similarities I'd never heard of. I could make the assignment so much richer now.Then she discusses the novel' [...]


  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" is probably one of the five greatest American novels and a perennial top ten pick of mine (there are only fifteen or twenty books in my top ten).This slim (126 page) volume is the first critical literature concering TKAM I have read and I enjoyed revisiting its themes, events, and characters as well as Ms. Johnson's insights into its historical, cultural, and literary significance. I was espescially interested in her tying TKAM into the gothic (not just the southern gothi [...]


  • On 8/31/10 I led a discussion at the Library on To Kill a Mockingbird. I picked this up moments before the book group began and didn’t intend to read it when I thought it was a Cliff Notes- type book, but it’s so not. It’s written by an English professor at University of Alabama for twenty years and she points out that there is little written on the novel from on an English professor’s point of view. Lawyers write about the book, well Atticus Finch often, though. There are chapters on [...]


  • This story is a great book to have students read in classes, To Kill A Mockingbird follows two young kids whose dad is a lawyer that is defending Tom Robinson in rape charges. This exposes Jem and Scout to all kinds of stereotyping and racism. One thing I would change about this book would be that they didn’t fill up the whole in the tree were Boo Radely use to give Jem and Scout things. I feel like that was such an important part in the book and that it should have been left the way it was. I [...]


  • The best novels aren't just great to read, they're great to read about. Analyzing TKM let me revisit the innocence I had in reading it 17 years ago. it also allowed me to brood over the novel- it surely is one of the greatest american works of fiction. Important points here are:1) the time period of publishing and the location. 1960s in the South. Racial Tension2) Modern Gothic, and the tradition3) Distinction between one's self and the 'others' ,and the friction of identity.4) The Mockingbird ( [...]


  • Pretty good insights into To Kill a Mockingbird. Johnson focuses particularly on the presence of Gothic themes throughout the book. I think perhaps she could have talked a more on the difference between traditional Gothic literature and Southern Gothic – she tended to treat them as one and the same. Also, it is somewhat out of date, given the publication of Go Set a Watchman.



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