High school English curricula are filled with classics from centuries past. But, in a hypothetical high school curriculum that could ONLY include novels published in the twenty-first century, what would you choose? What considerations would need to be taken into account? What purpose would each text serve? Which genres are best/to be avoided? Is it possible to give a comprehensive education of literature without studying past texts? If so, why/why not?
Given the many schools of thought surrounding the Western canon and how folks determine if something's worth adding to said canon (especially if one considers how tastes, literary mechanisms/motifs, and worldviews evolve over time), I think this topic has the potential to become a comprehensive article that lists off the criteria for 21st-century sensibilities and examples of works fulfilling said criteria. – Michel Sabbagh1 year ago
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