The Canon and the curriculum

Owens, W. R. (2009). The Canon and the curriculum. In: Gupta, Suman and Katsarska, Milena eds. English Studies On This Side: Post-2007 Reckonings. Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Plovdiv University Press, pp. 47–59.


A discussion of some of the ways in which notions of the literary 'canon' influence the construction of curricula in English in schools and universities. It argues that whereas changes in the literary 'canon' are of long-term cultural significance, a curriculum is something put together for specific pedagogic purposes, and it can be changed and revised at will.

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