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Who Controls the Canon? A Classicist in Conversation with Cultural Conservatives

by Frank Moretti

This article focuses on an inherent contradiction in the public discourse on education today, that the defenders of the canon who invoke the tradition of classical literature fail to see that the history of that literature argues that growth in the Deweyan sense is achieved by challenging the hallowed assumptions of the past. It argues that the active mind must contend with inherited horizons in order to create new meanings and provide new response to human questions. This essay in dialogue form tries to initiate the process of the reappropriation of the classics by the forces of life, and lay the foundation for a broader, healthier vision of education in the Post-Modern Age.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 1, 1993, p. 113-126 ID Number: 112, Date Accessed: 11/16/2018 11:47:24 PM

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