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ERIC Number: ED307629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-16
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Problematics of Postmodernism: The Double-Voiced Honors Canon.
McCracken, Tim
Honors education is not immune from the current controversy concerning the role of the literary canon. Indeed, the problem seems especially crucial for honors programs, for their curriculums are often multi-disciplinary in their approaches to culture and history. The solution may lie in what Linda Hutcheon calls the "poetics of the postmodern." For Hutcheon, an essential strategy of the postmodern is that of the "double voicing" found in language itself--of installing and questioning, of enunciating and contextualizing. The double-voiced strategy can be used when discussing curriculum revision. This can be done by installing the canon using special texts which in turn question the canon. These texts are "historiographic metafiction," and incorporate literature, history, and theory of the postmodern domain. Through historiographic metafiction, all the assumed grounds of understanding are questioned. A three-semester sequence based on the tripartite division of history into Premodern, Modern, and Postmodern periods can accomplish the double-voiced honors curriculum. The first two semesters would be devoted to the installation of the canon. The third semester would then question the canon by using historiographic metafiction, such as Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose," John Gardner's "The Sunlight Dialogues," and Christa Wolf's "Cassandra." (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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