RARA-AVIS: Re: Bloom and Shakespeare

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Feb 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Brian Thornton
    <bthorntonwriter@...> wrote:
    > Kerry wrote:
    > "Put it another way, do you really expect public education to teach from
    > books in which authorities are corrupt, the pursuit of spiritual or
    > values meaningless and love deceptive, as in the definitive noir
    novel: The
    > Maltese Falcon?"
    > Why not? THE GREAT GATSBY is a staple of Junior year American lit
    > across the country.
    > I know. I've taught it.

    Yes, that one is a staple. And the students get it, too. I think they would get Cassidy's Girl or Huston's Caught Stealing, too. There is no need to wait until a book is no longer popular in order to teach it. I did hear from someone who was using McCarthy's _The Road_ in a course.



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