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Who Is Afraid Of The Canon?, Marie-Denise Shelton Jan 1997

Who Is Afraid Of The Canon?, Marie-Denise Shelton

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The Canon: Who loads it? Who fires it? Why? These questions have been posed, I believe, to challenge the universalist claims of a eurocentric intellectual tradition in American universities. In the ludic conflation of the homophones: canon and cannon, the organizers of this forum sought, no doubt, to uncover the power politics underlying the intense debate on educational ideology in recent years.