Canons and Contexts

Paperback | June 1, 1965

byPaul Lauter

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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, andit calls into question many practices, like employing large numbers of part-timers, now popular with college managers. Offering concrete examples of a "comparative" method for teaching literary texts, and specific instances about "integrating" curricula, Canons and Contexts proposes realistic ideasfor creating varied, spirited, and democratic classrooms and colleges.

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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.

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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 theor...

Paul Lauter is at Trinity College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.83 inPublished:June 1, 1965Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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.

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"Lauter's essays brilliantly connect the canon in American literature, contemporary issues in literary theory, analysis of power relations in the academy, discussion of social injustice in America, and debate about the quality and mission of higher education in the United States. The answerto Bloom, Hirsch, et al. A truly important book."--Elizabeth Ammons, Tufts University