Canon Vs. Culture: Reflections on the Current Debate

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 227 pages
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The study explores the consequences of one of the main educational shifts since 1975 - the change from academic inquiry to an investigation of the cultural operations of an entire society. The core of the book attempts to understand disciplinary change through historical analysis. Political history, changing value systems and beliefs, and linguistic norms all impinge on the humanities, and bequeath them a history of constant change. In the last group of essays, contributing writers attempt to plot a surer direction for the course of such change, and they look to the traditions and the revolutions of the past to help them devise it.
 

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Contents

Reflections
3
Womens Studies and
17
Curricular Shifts in the Study and Teaching
29
The Sociological
43
Teaching
55
Creative Writing
81
The Origin of the Concept of a Canon and Its Application
105
German Canon and Its Opponents There and Here
117
William Weber
135
Wordsworth and
153
New Approaches to
175
Disciplinary
191
Contributors
213
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Professor Jan Gorak teaches at he University of Denver. His publications include God the Artist (1987), Critic of Crisis (1987) and The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams (1988).