Off the Beaten Canon: 5 Great Novels That Don't Get Enough Attention
a book list by Laurie Fendrich, University Professor
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Less than half a century after John Erskine taught the first college course based on “Great Books” (also known as the “Western canon”), confidence that higher education curricula could center on “Great Books” collapsed. Neither Allan Bloom’s passionate defense of a “Great Books” curriculum (in 1987's The Closing of the American Mind), nor Harold Bloom’s offering of a great critic’s particular list of great books (in 1994's The Western Canon), were able to prevent higher education from sliding over to the “smorgasbord” approach, where students choose to study whatever they want.
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About Laurie Fendrich
Laurie Fendrich is a painter, professor of fine arts at Hofstra University, and regular blogger at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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