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Debating the Canon

A Reader from Addison to Nafisi

Authors: Morrissey, L.

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Over the past two decades, the debate over the 'Great Books' has been one of the key public controversies concerning the cultural content of higher education. Debating the Canon provides a primary-source overview of these ongoing arguments. Many of these contributions to this debate have achieved 'canonical' status themselves; through the focus on the canon, the full spectrum of approaches to literary studies can be seen in the essays. Therefore, this collection places the recent debate within a larger context of literary criticism's development of a canon, going back to the eighteenth century.

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LEE MORRISSEY is Professor of English at Clemson University, USA.

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"It would be hard for me to overestimate my enthusiasm for the extremely timely and useful book that Morrissey has put together...He has picked the best of the best-known contributions, and also strayed someway afield to bring in pieces that will enrich debate...I honestly can't think of one important piece in the canon debates that belongs in Morrissey's table of contents that he hasn't already though of." - Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Past-President, Modernist Studies Association


Table of contents (43 chapters)

Table of contents (43 chapters)
  • Introduction: “The Canon Brawl: Arguments over the Canon”

    Pages 1-13

    Morrissey, Lee

  • Joseph Addison (1672–1719) from The Tatler, No. 108 (Thursday, December 15, to Saturday, December 17, 1709)

    Pages 15-16

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  • David Hume (1711–1776) from “Of the Standard of Taste,” Essays (1757)

    Pages 17-20

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  • Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) from “Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare” (1765)

    Pages 21-22

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  • Red Jacket (c.1750–1830) “Why not all agree, as you can all read the book?” from a speech to the Boston Missionary Society (1828)

    Pages 23-23

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Debating the Canon
Book Subtitle
A Reader from Addison to Nafisi
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04916-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-04916-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6818-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6820-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 314
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