ENGL 153 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Social Class, Spoken Word
Course CodeENGL 153
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September 13, 2017
Problems with what we “do”
1. What we study: the “canon”
a) Whose voices are not heard?
•Virginia Woolf - What if Shakespeare had a sister?
•Man vs. Women rights
•Never as good as her brother Shakespeare
•Canon excludes some individuals (gender or class struggles)
b) Which versions of history are missing?
•F.R. Scotts - All the Spikes but the last
•Points out no acknowledgement of Chinese railway workers
•Only “big shots” make it into history
c) Which languages are absent?
•English vs. english(s)
•Where we live
•ex. Colonization in Reverse
d) Which narrative forms are devalued?
•What classifies literature?
e) Which media are excluded
•Print vs. Spoken word
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