Canons and Contexts by Paul Lauter

By Paul Lauter

This selection of essays areas matters critical to literary examine, relatively the query of the canon, within the context of institutional practices in American faculties and universities. Lauter addresses such an important matters as what scholars may still learn and research, how criteria of "quality" are outlined and adjusted, the bounds of theoretical discourse, and the methods race, gender, and sophistication form not just educating, curricula, and learn priorities, yet collegiate body of workers activities to boot. The e-book examines seriously the range of modern proposals for "reforming" greater schooling, and it calls into query many practices, like utilising huge numbers of part-timers, now well-liked by collage managers. delivering concrete examples of a "comparative" strategy for instructing literary texts, and particular circumstances approximately "integrating" curricula, Canons and Contexts proposes life like rules for growing diverse, lively, and democratic school rooms and faculties.

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We have tried to understand the "thickness" of the values and forms diverse cultures have generated. 15 In this connection, we may need to consider shifting our attention from the implicit alliances of speculative criticism with philosophy Society and the Profession 17 and linguistics and to affirm the fundamental correlation of our work with that of the historical disciplines. During the past two decades, scholars in women's and minority studies have concentrated on identifying and editing key texts, charting historical and cultural relations, and examining critical methodologies and aesthetic standards to find inherent ideologies.

And reading choices moved significantly away from the range of female writers—Mary Austin to Sigrid Undset—who had been a staple of most women's literary clubs. l8 Demographic factors were also at work, as historian Laurence Veysey has pointed out. The proportion "of the mature working-age population in America" who were college and university professors and librarians was rising "spectacularly" in the decades leading to 1920—especially in relation to older, static learned professionals, like doctors, lawyers, and the clergy.

Heath, 1990). 16. 2 (1959), 87. 17. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life and Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself (New York: Signet, 1968), pp. 54-55. Race and Gender in the Shaping of the American Literary Canon A Case Study from the Twenties In its original form this chapter was delivered at a late-1970s forum sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Modern Language Association. It had a kind of underground, mimeographed existence for a few years before seeing print in Feminist Studies in 1983.

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