So, how do you go about teaching "controversial" literature? I mean books like Beloved. Incidentally, I don't know how many of you have read Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, but my AP suggested I not teach it because of the war in Iraq. Of course, I'm going to teach it anyway. The only book banned in our district is Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, but several more (like Equus) are frowned upon.