So i’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while but procrastinated, for whatever reason… but procrastinate no more! here is the blog that will revolve around a weird comment someone made in one of my classes…
in my adolescent lit class, during one of the first couple weeks, we were reading looking for alaska.
i think this book is great…. it has its flaws, but overall i think it stands as a great peice of literature as it deals with a lot of complex issues and themes that show up in books that are popular in the canon.
….i got a little lost. i think both books are great, but i hardly think that looking for alaska has much in comment with to kill a mockingbird..minus all the racial tension and resolution in looking for alaska (SARCASM SARCASM SARCASM).
so as much as i think this girl was a little strange for suggesting that, it made me wonder even further why she thinks we would replace a canonical book with a more modern book in the first place. isn’t the whole point of a canonical book that its kind of timeless? i enjoyed reading to kill a mockingbird just as much as my father did, and we hardly grew up in the same era (you should see him text message).
so what makes a piece canonical? according to the wikisphere:
The term Western canon denotes a criterion of books and, more broadly, music and art that have been the most important and influential in shaping Western culture. As such, it includes the “greatest works of artistic merit.”
ahhh, so that’s why we have to read shakespeare. but then that begs another question… will twilight be considered canonical? (oh please god no). because although it has, in my humble opinion, no artistic merit it was indeed influential. influential enough to inspire crap like this
…you can’t see me right now but i’m weeping.
i guess my point is this– the girls comment in my class raised, in my mind, an interesting idea about canonical works. are there books we should retire? and what books will we see in ten years being taught in schools/what will we be teaching to our students? if we have to include twilight in our curricula, so help me god….