Canons and Contexts
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Canons and Contexts

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This collection of essays places issues central to literary study, particularly the question of the canon, in the context of institutional practices in American colleges and universities. Lauter addresses such crucial concerns as what students should read and study, how standards of "quality" are defined and changed, the limits of theoretical discourse, and the ways race, gender, and class shape not only teaching, curricula, and research priorities, but collegiate personnel actions as well.The book examines critically the variety of recent proposals for "reforming" higher education, and it calls into question many practices -- like employing large numbers of part-timers -- now popular with college managers. Offering concrete examples of a "comparative" method of teaching literary texts, and specific instances for "integrating" curricula, Canons and Contexts proposes realistic ideas for creating varied, spirited, and democratic classrooms and colleges.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156.5 x 235.7 x 21.3mm | 507.6g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195068327
  • 9780195068320

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This collection of essays places issues central to literary study, particularly the question of the canon, in the context of institutional practices in American colleges and universities.show more

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Excellent...An important, provocative book that...adds much to the heated discussion of the canon. * American Literature *show more

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