Modern Literature

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In this keynote address from the 2014 SCLA conference in Columbia, Ed Madden discusses the legislative responses to the use of his book, Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, as the common reading at USC Upstate in the fall of 2013. Along with Fun Home, used as a common reading at the College of Charleston, Out Loud was attacked by South Carolina legislators who objecting to gay and lesbian subject matter in common reading programs. Madden explores the idea of "dangerous" books.