[Milton-L] Television

Cristine Soliz csoliz at csoliz.com
Wed Jan 30 17:53:29 EST 2008

I for one think that Dahl's racism was showing when he felt compelled to
mention cannibalism. What is the purpose of this image in the story?

Chocolate is in fact a Native American bred plant and a Nahuatl word or in
the Spanish reinvention of the Mexicans, an Aztec word -- Chocolatl, which
Native Americans prepared and tempered with vanilla and which the Dutch
stole from the Mexicans. Chocolate covered coffee beans was a delicacy.
Cannibalism has been the site of fabrication in the European text of the
Indian which really indicates more the voracious appetite of colonialist
Europeans and their need to justify their very real cannibalism of the
Indians. And there is no word in Nahuatl for cannibalism or anything having
to do with eating human flesh. The only such vocabulary is one compiled by
the Spanish that they admit they only imagine would have been the words

Cristine Soliz
PhD in Comparative Literature
Faculty in English, Diné College
Faculty Association President
Project Director, NEH Grant
Area Chair Historical Fiction, SW Tex Pop Culture and Am Culture Assoc
Associate Scholar, Center for World Indigenous Studies
csoliz at csoliz.com

> From: "Berglund, Lisa" <BERGLUL at buffalostate.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 11:57:51 -0500
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> Conversation: [Milton-L] Television
> Subject: RE: [Milton-L] Television
> I appreciated the posting of Dahl's poem from "Charlie and the Chocolate
> Factory," which oddly enough I specifically associate with Milton.
> Several years ago I was asked by the Amnesty International chapter at
> Connecticut College, where I used to teach, to speak about censorship
> and free speech. For my presentation I read excerpts from
> "Areopagitica," naturally, and talked about Milton's arguments. Then I
> read excerpts from three works on the ALA listing of books banned in one
> or more libraries in the United States: Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle
> in Time," Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," and "Charlie
> and the Chocolate Factory." I also noted that while I had found an
> edition of Dahl's novel in the children's section of the New London CT
> public library, in it this poem had been bowdlerized to remove the
> references to cannibalism.
> Lisa Berglund, Ph.D.
> Associate Chair, English Department
> Buffalo State College, SUNY
> Executive Secretary, Dictionary Society of North America
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