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ERIC Number: ED440400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Canon Formation and the Creative Writing Classroom.
Randolph, Ladette
The teaching of writing and formation of the literary canon are influenced by two myths. First, writers must assume they will be neglected, misunderstood, and unappreciated in their lifetimes, and second, the writer will prevail if the work is good. Both ideas are examples of underlying religious metaphor in writing instruction and publication. The contexts of circumstance and coincidence, however, are often left out of literary success or rejection stories. Consequently, students come to the classroom steeped in idealistic myths of what a writer's life should be, reflecting a common misconception that writing is a calling rather than a discipline. Writing teachers are best equipped to correct disparaging misconceptions, introduce critical skepticism to the classroom, and question the mystification of canon formation. (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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