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ERIC Number: ED103859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 8
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The Canon of American Literature: Cramming It All In.
Sindel, Kimasa
Recognizing that the selections traditionally studied in American literature survey courses do not constitute a sacrosanct body of material is the first step in reorganizing these courses to include black literature--a whole new kind of literature with an increasing amount of specialized criticism. In order to integrate black literature into courses, it will be necessary to eliminate some of the selections previously included. However, the benefits would be many: predominately white classes would be exposed to black literature, counteracting the sense of vacuum attendant on study in a specialized ethnic course; the themes of white writers would become less removed from everyday life when counterpointed by a new, vital, and less academic literature; classes would study the most American of all writing; and students' assumptions that the melting pot mystique is still viable would be dislodged. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (16th, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 1974)